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A Wet Start to April is Expected

April looks to go down as slightly warmer than normal and much wetter than normal except about normal wetness in the far northwest part of the state.

The good news is warmer than normal temperatures are expected for a good deal of April. This likely means the last frost and freeze will not be far from normal unlike last year with late frost and freeze events well into May.

However, it appears the eastern corn and soybean belt will experience a wetter than normal first half of April. Normally, Ohio experiences just under 1 inch of rain a week. In the next two weeks rainfall will range from an average of 2 inches in northwest Ohio to over 3-6+ inches over southern and southeast Ohio. This means near normal rainfall in northwest sections of the state to 150-300% of normal over the rest of the state.

Overall, spring planting season looks wetter than normal in the eastern corn and soybean belt with drier than normal weather in the western and northern sections.

By summer, it may switch to wetter than normal in western and northern areas and drier than normal in eastern areas including Ohio.

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