Does Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin finally have some good news in his Planting Weather Forecast for us? That good news might just be on the way, but Martin’s forecast begins with minor precipitation moving through overnight Friday into Saturday morning/midday.

“This moisture likely lingers through the balance of Saturday and early Sunday. At this point, I’m going to pencil in .10 to .75 with coverage at 90% of Lower Michigan. The UP gets away with probably only 20% coverage here. So minor light moisture, but it lingers quite a bit.”

Martin is calling for a mostly dry Sunday before moisture comes back in the UP late Sunday afternoon/evening and continues Monday over the rest of the state.

“That moisture amounts to a few hundredths to maybe half an inch with coverage 75%, but it primes the pump for our next weather system that hits on Tuesday. That system mostly affects southern parts of Lower Michigan, but we can see up to half an inch of rain out of that through the I-96 corridor.”

Martin expects a dry Wednesday and Thursday with lots of sunshine before minor rains come overnight Thursday into Friday. Here comes the good news.

“We have fully dry weather in starting next weekend, Saturday the 18th, Sunday the 19th,” says Martin. “We see partly to mostly sunny skies, and we continue to see the dry weather go right on through the first half of the following week. So, that’s going to be a wide-open window of drying. It probably gives us a chance to get back into the field on several occasions.”

We’ll cross our fingers that that forecast holds true. Find more forecast details from Martin later today at, presented by Greenstone Farm Credit Services,