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      Beneficial rain has helped but many still drier than normal for June

      It was nice to get some rain passing through this week, but even with that, much of Northern Michigan is still running a deficit of rain for the month of June.

      Both Alpena and Houghton Lake are running more than a half inch rainfall deficit since the start of the month. Sault Ste. Marie is -0.42 for the month and Traverse City is closest to normal, but still short at -0.17" compared to normal. Heavier rains have been noted south of the area with Muskegon running more than an inch and a half above normal for June.

      There will be some chances for rain over the next few days, but nothing significant.

      The frontal boundary responsible for the recent rain and storms has dropped into Indiana/Illinois Thursday allowing for east winds and a decent showing of sunshine across the area. Temperatures Thursday range from 68F at Alpena to 78F at Bellaire/Traverse City/Big Rapids.

      That front will get a pull northward Friday with clouds infiltrating the area Friday along with a few lighter rain showers possible mainly along/west of Interstate-75 in the Lower Peninsula Friday. The weekend should for the most part remain quiet in weather, but a few showers could develop Sunday. Highs Friday will be cooler with clouds around with mid/upper-60's but rebound into the mid-70's for our weekend.