Scattered light showers move across Ohio today. This little batch of rain brings a few hundredths to half an inch to about 70% of Ohio. We take a bit of a break tomorrow with a mix of clouds and sun, but then bring rain back overnight tomorrow night and that rain continues through Thursday. We expect some thunderstorms there too, which will promote some higher rain totals. Overall, we expect rains from tomorrow night through Thursday to bring .25″-1″ with 90% coverage. On Friday, the rain and thunderstorm action will try to exit to the east, but will likely hold over the quarter of Ohio into mid to late afternoon. We should see skies turn out partly sunny in western and Central parts of Ohio.
On Saturday we are partly sunny statewide into early late afternoon Then rain arrives from the west and southwest, spreading across the rest of the state through Sunday morning. Rain totals will end up being around .25″-.5″ with coverage at 80%. Sunday afternoon turns out partly sunny.
Monday kicks off a wetter pattern again. Rain develops over northern parts of the state, from US 20 northward. We expect .5” -2″ of moisture, and more near the Michigan line. and coming off of Lake Erie. Strong to severe storms are likely in the far northern reaches of the state. We take a break for Tuesday with a mix of clouds and sun through a large part of the daytime hours. However, clouds build overnight Tuesday night, and for Wednesday we showers with .2″-.1″ rain totals possible with 80% coverage. Thunderstorms are likely again on Wednesday in many areas. Showers linger south of I-70 next Thursday, but skies turn out partly sunny up north. That will end the 10 day forecast period. The map at right shows combined moisture potential for the next 10 days.
The extended window starts dry. WE are partly to mostly sunny and rain free for Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th. Then, we see rain coming back Sunday afternoon, continuing through Tuesday. We see 60% coverage Sunday and Monday with rain totals of .25”-.5” each day, and then 100% coverage of rain on Tuesday the 7th with totals again in the .25”-.5” range. Scattered showers for Wednesday the 8th bring a few hundredths to a quarter inch, but only 40% coverage.
Through the next 2 weeks, we still see very little potential for 3+ days of dry weather back to back. That will keep the pressure on, and likely limits field work to areas with sandy soils. We will point out that the moisture is coming in small batches most times, but the small totals still add up to bigger numbers for the entire upcoming 16 day window. We remain steadfast in our projection of planting waiting until after May 10th to really be able to ramp up large-scale. Temps through most of the coming 10 day period will be near normal.