April has been a warmer and wetter month across most of the state of Ohio. Temperatures are averaging 3-7 degrees above normal with precipitation ranging from 100-200 percent of normal. The wettest and warmest areas have been across the southern part of the state. Rainfall has been close to normal in the north.
A pattern change is about to begin which will turn the weather cooler than normal for the rest of April into the first week of May. Temperatures will run several degrees below normal. For the rest of April say goodbye to highs in the 60s and 70s and hello to highs in the 40s and 50s. Lows will mostly be in the 30s and 40s but a few days of 20s are expected especially north of I-70.
The main headline for Ohio will be increasing frost and freeze risk at the end of our typical frost and freeze season. The most likely days of lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s will be Thursday and Friday, April 23/24, and again Sunday April 26.
Rainfall will average about normal each week into early May at around 0.75 inches.
After the first week of May, indications are a return to above normal temperatures and normal rainfall.
The latest 2 week rainfall outlook by the National Weather Service can be found on the Ohio River Forecast Center website at:http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/HAS/images/NAEFS16day.pdf