Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 30, 2019

Another round of rain will be with us today, and we have no significant changes in our forecast going forward. There is still way too much moisture around, and yesterday’s rain action from northern Indiana across lower Michigan and into northern Ohio was in some cases much higher than we were hoping for. Today will see showers moving across central and northern Ohio, but they spread south tonight, and then additional rains come tomorrow and Thursday. Showers still look strong on Friday statewide, and we may even have to deal with some lingering shower action in southern/SW Ohio on Saturday morning before clearing starts to win out. All told, we are expecting an additional .5”-2” for the remainder of the week with 90% coverage.  That runs today through Saturday morning. The map at right shows cumulative precipitation for that period.


Saturday should have clouds giving way to sun in the north through the day, but clouds dominate most of the south. The Sunday period starts with a mix of clouds and sun, but clouds quickly take over, as additional shower action returns. We have a wet finish to the weekend Sunday night into Monday, with a few hundredths to .3” coming with those showers.


High pressure sets up over  Indiana and western Ohio for next Monday morning and midday, allowing for a rare dry 24 hour period. However, that high will not linger long. Showers and thunderstorms start to move over the northern part of the corn belt and the great lakes for Tuesday. Rains in MI will drag into Ohio Tuesday, and then Wednesday action sags farther south. By Thursday, the showers will be statewide. Once again, the combined totals favor the heaviest rains in the northern half to third of the state. Cumulative rain totals will be from .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state over the Tuesday-Thursday period.


Models went wetter in the extended period yesterday and continue to show that today. We start the extended period with a dry Friday. But then rain comes Friday night into Saturday morning, likely a tenth to .4”. Two more waves are expected in the extended period. One Sunday with a half to 1” of rain, and the second for Tuesday the 14th into Wednesday the 15th. That one can bring .1”-1” with coverage at 60%, mostly north.


Temps the next 10 days will be mostly normal. We will be a little warmer tomorrow into Thursday, but the rest of the period features nothing special in terms of temps. This pattern continues to show difficult conditions for getting any fieldwork done in many areas.

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