Damp Conditions this Week

After a wet week last week with anywhere from 0.50 to 2.00 inches in most places there weather will relax some this week. However with cooler temperatures evaporation will be down so even light rains will keep things on the damp side this week.
 
April ended with temperatures ranging from 1-2F below normal in northern Ohio and 0-1F above normal in southern Ohio or near normal for the state average. This followed a very warm March with temperatures 5-10F above normal.
 
April rainfall ranged generally +/- 1 inch from normal.
 
The outlook for May calls for slightly warmer and drier than normal conditions in most area. The following is a weekly breakdown...

May 3-8                  Outlook                   Traffic Light
Temperatures          -1 to -3F                  YELLOW due to cool conditions
Hard Freeze            None                       GREEN
Frost                      None or patchy         GREEN
Wind > 30 mph       Little or None            GREEN
Rainfall                   <1 inches                 GREEN-YELLOW
Evaporation             Limited                    YELLOW-RED

May 9-16                 Outlook                   Traffic Light
Temperatures          +/- 1F                      GREEN
Rainfall                   <1 inches                 GREEN-YELLOW
Evaporation             NORMAL                 GREEN-YELLOW

May 16-23              Outlook                   Traffic Light
Temperatures          +4-8F                      GREEN
Rainfall                   <1 inches                GREEN
Evaporation             ABOVE                   GREEN

May 23-30              Outlook                   Traffic Light
Temperatures          +2-4F                       GREEN
Rainfall                   <1 inches                 GREEN
Evaporation             ABOVE                    GREEN

You can monitor all this at the NOAA/NWS/OHRFC link at http://w2.weather.gov/ohrfc/DroughtBriefing and http://w2.weather.gov/ohrfc/SeasonalBriefing
 
The latest two week rainfall total is near 2 inches as seen in the NOAA/NWS/OHRFC rainfall outlook graphics. The one area that could have elevated rain areas in the state of Ohio in the first half of May will be near Lake Erie and the boundary between land and lake will influence the pattern.
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