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Drought conditions are back this fall in Branch County


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Drought is a word back in the news, something we haven’t heard about lately following the parched conditions in Branch County and the region this summer. Heavy rains eventually broke the drought, although the showers came too late to help in most cases. However, the National Weather Service says we have returned to an extended dry period.

Branch County has had just under a half-inch of rain this month. The normal is 2.85 inches and that puts the county in the D-1 drought category for November, or moderate drought. The scale runs from  D-Zero, abnormally dry up to the worst, D-4 Exceptional drought. For awhile this summer, the county was in the extreme drought, D-3, category.

Currently, a couple of other cities in the area have it even worse that South Central Lower Michigan.Ft.Wayne will have the second driest November on record and South Bend will set a new dry record for this month with only a quarter of an inch rain.