Drought conditions expanded to include more counties

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Drought conditions continue in Mid-Michigan.

The Drought Monitor updates each week with conditions for locations across the country and we remain officially at Moderate Drought in several Mid-Michigan locations.

Portions of Northern Michigan and Tuscola and Sanilac counties have been added to the Moderate Drought.

Moderate Drought is the first stage of official drought.

This stage of drought means:

  • Some damage to crops and pastures is likely or occurring.
  • Streams, reservoirs, or wells may begin to show low levels

We continue seeing some damage to crops in Mid-Michigan with multiple farms reporting losses in everything from sugar beets, to corn and wheat.

Christmas trees and apple trees are also seeing losses.

With dry conditions fire danger also remains a risk with high potential for fires to spread if brush is ignited.

Multiple burn bans are in effect and the current fire danger rating from the Michigan DNR shows our region highlighted in the High to Extreme mark.

Avoid burning, even small fires, until we get meaningful soaking rainfall.

We have shower chances this weekend, but not everyone will see the heavy rain.

We need some good steady soakers in-order to rebound from the dry point we are at.

Stay with the NBC25/FOX66 StormReady weather team for updates on the forecast.

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