Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 1, 2019

A warm front lifted through the state overnight. Behind that warm front, a large part of Ohio should end up taking a break from moisture today, and afternoon temps should be significantly warmer. However, we cant rule out rain everywhere. Rain and thunderstorm action today should end up being limited to the far NW part of the state. US 24 may be a nice line to use for reference, but honestly the best action will be closer to the Michigan and Indiana lines. After sunset tonight, we see scattered showers spreading into the rest of the state, and then scattered showers continue tomorrow, with more frequent and more intense action tomorrow afternoon, evening, through Friday and Saturday. Rain totals from here forward will be an additional .5”-2” combined into the first half of the weekend, with combined coverage at 100%. The map at right shows an updated look at moisture through Saturday night.  Temperatures will be above normal today but will pull back with a cold frontal passage tomorrow through Friday and Saturday, returning to near normal those days.

 

We dry down some on Sunday, albeit with on-again-off-again clouds around the region. Monday looks similar, meaning we see back to back dry days. That’s all she wrote, though, because rain looks to return for the middle section of the week. Temps to finish this weekend and start next week will be near normal.

 

Scattered showers develop Tuesday with coverage around 40%, but then they grow into significant showers and thunderstorms for next Wednesday and Thursday. Rain totals for the 3 day period can be from .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state. We turn dry again behind that for Friday and Saturday, giving another 2 day dry stretch. However, that means we only see 4 days out of the next 10 that are precipitation free, and the moisture that falls ahead of those dry periods will exceed what can be evaporated over the span of those dry periods. So, no net drying is in our 10 day forecast yet.

 

The extended period has showers returning Saturday night into Sunday (11th-12th) and then rain for Tuesday into early Wednesday (14th and 15th). However, rain totals seem to be fading just a bit, and we may end up with half an inch or less out of those waves.  The pattern is attempting to move toward less moisture in the extended window, but time will tell if we can actually get there.

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