Welcome to spring weather

I coach my son’s U6 soccer team and the practices and games are all outdoors so we are at the mercy of the wildly changing Ohio spring weather. If the weather for the day starts out bad I start getting texts and calls from parents before noon asking if the 6:00 p.m. practice will be cancelled. Don’t they know that we live in Ohio and can have snow in the a.m. and sunny and 65 degrees in the p.m.?

Once, I caved to parental pressure on a gray rainy mid-afternoon and cancelled practice early only to find that idyllic conditions prevailed by practice time. All the other coaches made fun of me while their teams practiced beneath sunshine and blue skies and my team’s practice field sat unused.

Such is the case with spring in Ohio and it appears that the weather will keep soccer coaches and farmers guessing over the next few weeks. Here is the weather update from Jim Noel with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service via OSU Extension’s CORN Newsletter.

Spring is in full swing. Expect big swings in weather the next several weeks. For the remainder of March, expect overall colder than normal with precipitation above normal. In April expect near normal temperatures and slightly wetter than normal conditions. Conditions from May through July are expected to be slightly warmer than normal and normal to slightly drier than normal.

Noel says the climate models continue to point toward wetness giving way to some dryness as we go from planting season to summer growing season.


The climate models continue to point toward a trend from cooler than normal to warmer than normal as we head from spring into summer.


  • Rain risk — Risk for rain favors slightly elevated risk for wetter versus drier weather into April. Some planting delays are possible if wet weather lingers through April.
  • Frost/freeze risk — Near normal last dates of frost and freezes in mid or late April
  • Temperature risk — Risk remains toward colder side of normal into early April
  • Soil Moisture Risk — Soil moisture remains slightly drier than normal in northern and northwest Ohio and normal in southern Ohio. Expect no changes to slight wetting in the coming weeks. Monitor soil moisture here: http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/Figures/daily/curr.w.anom.daily.gif
  • Soil Temperature Risk – 4 inch soil temperatures are below normal and likely to remain below normal the next few weeks. Since soils are not as wet as they were in 2014, we expect soil temperatures to recover faster this spring in response to air temperatures. This still could delay planting some.
  • Drought Risk — No drought is forecast at this time.

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