Portions Of Southern Michigan In Severe Drought
By: Mike Stiles -
Saturday, June 19, 2021
(photos courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor)
(UNDATED) – Portions of Southern Michigan are considered to be in a state of severe drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor reported on Thursday that areas of Michigan considered to be in a severe drought have expanded in the last week, and now include more portions of Southern Michigan.
The northern portions of St. Joseph, Branch and Cass Counties along with the extreme northwest portion of Hillsdale County are in Severe Drought. The majority of of those counties are considered to be in Moderate Drought. In addition, the extreme southern portions of St. Joseph and Cass Counties are Abnormally Dry.
Overall, a third of Michigan is considered to be in severe drought. Most of that area runs from Lake Michigan up to the Thumb area.
Historic impacts of a severe drought include low crop yields along with low water levels and stress on mature trees.
By comparison, all of northern Indiana is considered Abnormally
Dry. That includes LaGrange, Steuben, Elkhart, and Steuben Counties, along with the northern portions of Noble and DeKalb Counties.
West Central Indiana along with a small section of Southeast Indiana are also considered to be Abnormally Dry. Officials say the majority of Indiana has no drought issues.
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