The other thing notable for the month was drier weather surfaced and became much more predominant around metro Detroit south to the border (a big change from the spring). In fact, with just under an inch /.94"/ falling at Detroit Metro, that made it the second driest June on record (and actually a bit drier that the hot and dry June of 1988)! Severe weather across the region was limited to just a few noteworthy events considering it was June.
Areas from Flint east to the Port Huron and north into Saginaw and Thumb, however, saw normal to above rains. Flooding rains were the big headlines for portions of northern St. Clair county (N-NW of Port Huron).
My call for June was an above normal temperature departure. The average for the selected above normal analogue Junes came in at 70.6 for Detroit. The actual for June 2011 was right on the money...70.6 degrees.
AVERAGE MONTHLY: 70.6 TOTAL FOR MONTH: 0.94 DPTR FM NORMAL: 1.6 DPTR FM NORMAL: -2.61 HIGHEST: 96 ON 8 GRTST 24HR 0.38 ON 10-10 LOWEST: 54 ON 15,14From the Outlook,..
Rainfall at Detroit was well below normal but that did not tell the whole story across Southeast Lower Michigan. As mentioned above, well above normal rainfalls were seen at isolated locations across the northern half of Southeast Michigan. Notable drier trends were noted over the southern third of the region.
From the Outlook...
The drier part of the summer showed up at different times and not necessarily mid-late which is more common. Overall, I look for near normal rainfall (locally above in heaviest storms) as the storm track remains active but with a trend toward rainfall events being less often.
One trend that does show up is a somewhat drier pattern materializes from the wetter springs. I feel we will see both patterns (dry/wet) this summer and thus, around normal in the general call.
July's analogues were decided normal to below in temperatures while precipitation amounts were variable (keeping the June rainfall trend).