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      Recent rains shoot some places back above normal for August

      The beneficial rain Northern Michigan saw Monday night into Tuesday boosted some places back to near if not well above normal for the month.

      Just about every single portion of Northern Michigan was running below normal for the month in rain with some areas not seeing a drop of rain all month long until Monday night/Tuesday. By a fairly wide margin, the heaviest rain fell closer to Lake Huron with spots from Alcona County through Alpena into the Eastern U.P. around the St. Mary's River seeing anywhere from 3-5" rain!

      Here are the numbers this August for a few places before and after the recent rain:

      SAULT STE. MARIE:Rain Through Last Sunday: 0.01"Rain Through Today: 1.23"Departure From Normal: 0.00"

      TRAVERSE CITY:Rain Through Last Sunday: Trace"Rain Through Today: 1.00"Departure From Normal: -0.33"

      ALPENA:Rain Through Last Sunday: Trace"Rain Through Today: 3.86"Departure From Normal: +2.68"

      HOUGHTON LAKE:Rain Through Last Sunday: 0.74"Rain Through Today: 1.08"Departure From Normal: -0.27"

      Even with the recent rain, Traverse City and Houghton Lake are still running below normal for the month although less than a half inch for each spot. Alpena is the big winner running over two and half inches above normal for August.

      Dry weather forecasted through Friday with another chance for showers/thunderstorms arriving Friday night into Saturday.