When will the cool, wet weather end?

MSU agricultural meteorologist Jeff Andresen gives insight on recent weather and predictions for the rest of the summer.

Drying field
Photo by Joy Landis, MSU Entomology.

Whether you’re a farmer, gardener or anyone growing plants, you’ve probably been wondering when the cool, wet weather will end and what we can expect for the rest of the summer. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have Jeff Andresen, MSU’s agricultural meteorologist and state climatologist for Michigan.

In a recent interview, Andresen said that the next week or two should be warmer and somewhat drier. “There will be some improvements that should help land start to drain, soils to drain and the landscape to dry out a little bit from where we’ve been.”

He noted that the biggest control in our day-to-day and week-to-week weather here in the Midwest is the jet stream. The flow of the jet stream across the continent has been the problem. “We’ve been stuck in a very, very persistent pattern for much of the spring and the early summer and as long as that happens, the weather we get is similar.”

Andresen said the outlook for mid- to late- July suggests cooler and wetter than normal weather. As for the rest of the summer and fall, it would be very unusual to see a pattern persist for such a long period of time. Learn more in the video below.

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