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Upcoming rainfall may counter Michigan’s drought

Teresa Homsi

The National Weather Service forecasts extended rainfall across Michigan, which may help counter Michigan’s drought.

Meteorologists predict rain and thunderstorms across the state for the next several days.

Philip Katz is the MSU Extension field crops educator for the Thumb. He said rain could offset some of the crop stress caused by the drought.

“With the rains coming, we could certainly see a replenishing of some of the water that's lost in a profile,” Katz said. ”After, I expect that the crops are going to rebound pretty well, for the next couple of weeks at least.”

Katz said it will take a more gradual process, as opposed to one large rain event, to make up for the moisture deficit.

Mid- and southern-Michigan are at the highest risk of receiving multiple inches of rain this weekend. In Northern Michigan, there’s a marginal risk of thunderstorms.

This story was produced as part of the Michigan News Group Internship. A collaboration between WCMU and eight community newspapers. Teresa is based at the Huron Daily Tribune