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      Big Rains on the West End: May 26-27, 1951

      Low pressure was over Wisconsin the morning of May 26, 1951.

      Today, some scattered showers developed over parts of the Upper Peninsula. Scattered is the key descriptor of this event. Coverage was sparse as a weak cool front along with Lakes Superior and Michigan boundaries focused the activity. Most areas, especially the far north and along the Great Lakesâ?? shores got nothing at all.

      These are the kind of rain events we usually get during the summer; they are often spotty. On the other hand, a steady, soaking rain fell over a good share of Upper Michigan May 26-27, 1951. The Gogebic Range had the heaviest rainâ??2.38â?? at Ironwood over the two-day period. Farther east, Marquette barely squeaked out a half-inch. The rain was likely a steady one because a slow moving low pressure dropped to the south of Upper Michigan and then moved slowly eastward, putting us in the cool sector with more-or-less continuous rain (Images 1 & 2 above). And it was cool; the high in Marquette on May 27 was only 50 degrees with a complete overcast all day.

      We could use a soaker similar to 1951. The warm, dry weather over the weekend has dried things out considerably. Prospects for rain after the scattered activity of today look dim as high pressure is likely to dominate at least into the first portion of this upcoming weekend.