Southeast Michigan Reaches First Official Drought Phase

(CBS DETROIT) – Despite recent rainfall, our weather has remained dry enough for parts of Metro-Detroit to reach moderate drought.


Total rainfall for September in Detroit measures just 0.69″, a big shortfall from our average 2.46″ of rain.

For the year, we remain at a water shortage of more than 7″ with a current reading of 19.09″ of water compared to an annual average of 26.21″.

What does Moderate Drought mean to you?

These are some of the problems that can come from moderate drought, although there are currently only crop problems for isolated areas in our area.

  • Any damage to crops, pastures
  • Streams, reservoirs or wells low

Southeast Michigan counties that currently fall under the Moderate Drought category include Wayne, Southeast Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, and northern Sanilac counties.


Rain showers are possible Sunday and a few days next week which should help us recover a bit.

We will monitor the trend and keep you informed if/when we expect to exit the drought phase.

You can keep up to date with the latest forecast information from the NEXT Weather Team on our weather page by clicking here.

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