Experts: June was Metro Detroit’s 10th driest on record
The parched, browning lawns and yards across southeast Michigan illustrate just how dry the summer season has been so far.
But the rainfall totals also reflect that: Last month, Detroit Metro Airport recorded just 1.30 inches, National Weather Service statistics show. That was 2.22 below average and the 10th driest June according to records stretching back to 1874, meteorologist Deb Elliott said.
June 2016 also was Flint’s second thirstiest, with less than an inch — 0.67 — falling in 30 days, she added.
Why so little precipitation? Blame it on a host of factors, including timing and less favorable conditions for triggering storms that often spawn downpours, meteorologist Mike Richter said. “We’ve been warm, but instability also requires a little more moisture. Since it’s been dry, we’re not getting that.”
July has already been off to a different start. Showers early Friday dropped about 0.34 inches of rain at Detroit Metro Airport — more than twice the average for the month so far, according to the weather service.
But the forecast for the Fourth of July weekend and beyond shows a mostly dry spell.
Highs near 80 are expected Saturday under mostly sunny skies, NWS predicts. The thermometer could rise to the lower 80s Sunday and Monday. Lows should only drop into the 60s overnight.
With warm, rainless patterns on tap, communities across the region are banning fireworks and burning this holiday.
Fireworks and open fire permits are barred in Macomb Township until further notice, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said Friday on its Facebook page.
Meanwhile, citing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources designation of “extreme fire danger” for southeast Michigan, fire officials in Dearborn and Melvindale this week warn residents against using fireworks for the Fourth of July.
“Due to the dry conditions, residents are also urged to use caution with all recreational fires, including grills and fire pits,” a statement from Dearborn city officials read.
The next major chance for showers and thunderstorms is mid-week, coinciding with a system pushing through the Ohio Valley and “dragging up a lot of warm air with it,” Elliott said. “There will be some increasing humidity and temperatures.”
The mercury could hit the low 90s on Thursday and Friday, the weather service forecasts.
That’s nothing unusual for this time of year, Richter said.
“You’re still in the range of 10 degrees above normal. But if you’re starting to push 100 that’s a different story,” he said. “It’s going to be a hotter stretch but it’s still July.”