Despite some rainfall this week, it hasn't been enough to make a dent in what has become an abnormally dry summer across much of Michigan. In fact, now more areas of the state are reported to be experiencing even drier conditons. Moderate Drought conditions that have lingered in parts of Calhoun and Barry counties have expanded to the north and west in Michigan.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties are now also considered to be in a Moderate Drought. The summer of 2018 in Michigan as a whole is showing an average rainfall up to 3.25 inches below average.

Michigan Drought Map

Other than some showers forecast for Friday, the weather is expected to remain dry for the next several days in Southwest Michigan. The next shot at rain in the Battle Creek and surrounding areas is currently forecast for Tuesday.