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Weather outlook

After a very warm March with temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal, April got off to a cold start with temperatures running 5-10 degrees below normal. 

After early week rain and some mid-week temperatures near or just below freezing, a warmer and drier period is in store through about April 19. The week break with lots of sunshine, warmer temperatures and drier conditions should allow for some needed drying.

The next rain chance will come either on April 19 or 20. Rainfall for the remainder of April looks to be mainly under 2 inches which is near normal.

April does not appear as warm as earlier thought. It looks like April will go down with slightly below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

The risk for last spring freezes appears on track to be about normal which means the last hard freeze occurs in mid April in southern Ohio and closer to late April in northern Ohio. It is not uncommon to see frost in low lying areas into early May.

Risk Outlook                       April                       May                       June

Temperatures                     Slighty Below         Slightly Above       Above

Rainfall                               Normal                   Slightly Below        Slightly Below

Freeze                                Normal

4 inch soil                           Normal                   Slightly Above       Above

Evapotranspiration             Slightly Below         Normal                  Above

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