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Local drought conditions worsen in March

Submitted by on April 2, 2010 – 6:21 amNo Comment

Drought conditions worsened across northern lower Michigan during the month of March.

Most of the region received little to no snow or rain leading to dangerous wildfire conditions.  In Alpena, less than a half-inch of rain was measured at the airport; and if you blinked you might have missed the trace of snow that fell early in the month.  During a typical March, more than 12 inches of snow falls on Alpena and more than an inch-and-a-half of rain.

Since January 1, only 1.55 inches of precipitation has been measured at the airport, or approximately 2 inches below the long-term average.

Above average temperatures for the month added to the local wildfire danger.  Daily high temperatures in Alpena averaged 11-degrees above normal and nighttime lows were 4-degrees above average.  A high of 75 degrees was reached on Wednesday and a low of 5 degrees was recorded on March 5.

For the season, 43.5 inches of snow fell at the airport compared to a typical seasonal snowfall total of 80 inches.