June rain hits 100-year record

It’s not your imagination if you think you spent more time in rain water than in lake or pool water this summer.
Marie Havenga
Jul 9, 2014


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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No sweat man, we need the rain, so stop complaining, the lake is low and we need to fix it


I think you need to pay attention to what you're reading. This article is about the JUNE record, not AUGUST.


ReadingNews, You beat me to it. My thought, exactly. I might also add, I read many such critical comments in the Tribune. And I just don't get it! Just for fun, I looked up the facts rather than relying upon memory. In June of 1986 the total monthly rainfall in this area was 2.55 inches. Considerably less than the 7.02 inches we experienced this year. Thanks for a great article Marie. As far as the "bunch of bull" comment (and the other critical remarks) is concerned, pretty strong for someone who clearly has no clue what they are talking about. I think an apology to Marie is in order.


Thanks, i did correct it, it was 6:00am in the morning crying out loud, im sure lanny or some of other knowledgeable bloggers will jump in will put us straight on the facts


happycamper - I just sing in the rain, not measure it. Que sera, sera!


Thanks !


Global WETTING! Am I right, folks?!?


have they come up with the Rain Tax yet?


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