Numbers reveal abnormally dry June

Most locations came in well short in the rain department for June.

We open up the month of July on a fantastic note in the weather department, although rainfall over the past month has been very hit/miss across Northern Michigan.

Now that June is officially in the books, most of our major climate reporting sites across the north came in well below in rainfall.

The one spot that had more than usual rain was at Sault Ste. Marie where periodic thunderstorms boosted their total to 3.25" for the month, 0.55" above the normal of 2.70".

Gaylord fell well short with only a meager 1.80" of rain which came in 1.58" below the normal of 3.38" for June.

Another dry spot was Traverse City where the Cherry Capital only picked up 1.38" of rain. Normal June rain is 3.16" leaving Traverse City with a deficit of 1.78" of rain.

Houghton Lake joined the crowd with drier than normal June weather. They only picked up 1.29" of rain falling well short of the normal 3.10" that comes down in a typical June, a shortfall of 1.81".

Alpena was also drier than normal, but a little better off. They passed the two inch threshold with 2.03" of rain, that was still 0.59" short of the 2.62" that falls on average in June.

Rain will be hard to come by in the first week of July as an stray showers/thunderstorms will be very sporadic midweek.