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June rain hits 100-year record

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

We just dripped through the rainiest June in nearly 100 years.

Last month’s 7.02 inches is this area’s third-highest June rainfall total of all-time, bested only by more than 8 inches that fell in 1905 and 1921, according to National Weather Service archives.

“That’s insane,” said Spring Lake resident Drew Johnson, who sat through a lot of last month’s drops as a lifeguard at Lakeside Beach.

Unless it’s lightning, Johnson must remain at his post. If no one is in the water and there’s a downpour, he is allowed to take cover under one of the nearby picnic shelters at the Spring Lake beach.

Johnson has seen his share of showers this season, including a recent storm that washed out the sand from under the sidewalk, causing the beach to be closed for several days.

“I saw a big cloud coming over,” he said of Tuesday afternoon’s brief rain. “I told everyone it’s going to rain soon if they want to get out of here.”

There’s been a lot of ducking rain these days, according to Johnson. And, after Tuesday’s rain, ducks were the only ones left swimming at Lakeside Beach.

“I’ve been caught in the rain four or five times,” Johnson said. “We hooked up a thing the other day to put an umbrella in.”

Meteorologist T.J. Turnage of the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids office said average June precipitation in this area is 2.55 inches.

“We’ve just been in a wet pattern and we’re getting a lot of pretty good rainfall events,” he noted. “It’s not like it’s been raining every day. It’s just the rainfall we get has been pretty intense on certain days.”

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