Gov. Whitmer seeks presidential disaster declaration to help Michigan businesses, residents impacted by flooding
On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested that President Joe Biden declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in late June.
Here are the massive rain totals in SE Michigan on Aug. 28-29, 2020
DETROIT Record-setting rain deluged southeast Michigan this past Friday into Saturday, with most of it falling in a 24-hour period. Read back: Flooding damages homes, leaves cars stranded across Metro DetroitOfficially at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), the 2.83 inches of the rain that fell on Friday set a single day rainfall record for that date, shattering the old record of 2.38 inches set in 1932. Want to know how much rain fell near your neighborhood? Here is the list of totals as reported to the National Weather Service. The winner (or, really, the loser) was Owosso -- take a look at how much it received!
Major flooding in Mid-Michigan: How much rain fell, how historic was it?
But how much rain fell, and how historic was it? That amount of rain falling at Midland in a forty-eight hour period is statistically expected to occur only about once every twenty-five years, so the fact that this rain fell in thirty-six hours means that it was a 25-to-50 year event. Adding insult to injury is that this rain came after another inch to inch-and-a-half of rain fell last Thursday into Friday. I've told you many times in the past that global warming does not CAUSE individual weather events. In this case, extreme precipitation events are definitely occurring more often, and there is a very simple reason why: as Earth warms, more ocean water is evaporating into the atmosphere.
Flood warnings issued for southeast Michigan through Tuesday
DETROIT Flood watches and warnings have been issued for southeastern Michigan counties Sunday through Tuesday. There is a flood watch in effect for Detroit and all of southeast Michigan from 8 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday. There is a lakeshore flood warning in effect for Macomb, Monroe and Wayne counties until 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Sanilac and St. Clair counties have also been issued a lakeshore flood warning until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Track the radar
Wet weather: A look at rain totals in Southeast Michigan
Rain certainly reigned, but it came in two batches. The first came Thursday morning into the afternoon, followed by a big batch of thunderstorms overnight Thursday night. Curiously, at my home in Farmington Hills, I measured exactly 0.63″ of rain after the first batch ended Thursday afternoon, and then received another 0.63″ Thursday night! Here is a comprehensive list of totals as of 8:30 this morning, as reported by the National Weather Service. And by the way, we may have a similar amount of rain coming our way on Sunday.
Metro Detroit weather: Stormy start on May 15, 2020 -- May 15, 2020 noon update
Metro Detroit weather: Stormy start on May 15, 2020 -- May 15, 2020 noon updatePublished: May 15, 2020, 12:18 pmOvernight thunderstorms with heavy downpours have moved out of the area, so the National Weather Service has cancelled the Flood Watch early.