Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – June 1

June 1st, 2018 - Another round of moisture lifts into Ohio today, and we look to have some good coverage of moisture. A strong batch of showers and thunderstorms moved out of the central plains into Missouri yesterday. This action has continued to move east and will be tracking across the state today. We can add another .25-.5” over 70% of the state. The map is a snapshot of action at midday today. We should see this action moving off to the east by tonight, but likely still wake up to some clouds over far eastern Ohio and western PB tomorrow morning, while the rest of the state sees sun work through the clouds.

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 — No change in our short term forecast this morning, as we have rain over most of Ohio for the next two days yet. As expected, the heaviest rains were farther west over Indiana yesterday, where the center of old Alberto’s circulation tracked through. Still, western Ohio had some good moisture develop in the late afternoon and evening, with scattered action across other parts of the state.

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 — The rest of the week looks a little damp as the remains of Alberto push into the eastern corn belt. Moisture moves into the state this morning and will slowly spread from there. The at the center of this circulation that used to be Alberto is moving up the Indiana-Illinois border through midday but then looks to move more east and north, ending up in NE Indiana by sunset. From there the system lifts into into southern Michigan by midnight tonight, taking the heavy rains with it.

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 25, 2018

One more fully dry day over the state today. Temperatures will be rather warm in all areas, above normal by a good 5-10 degrees at least. The weekend starts dry tomorrow morning, but we are having to advance our arrival time of moisture forward just a little bit. We are going to allow for scattered showers to arrive as soon as tomorrow midday and afternoon. Rain chances linger through tomorrow night and through Sunday, but we have a similar duration of rains in our forecast as we were talking earlier in the week. To be clear, we are not increasing our rain totals as all at this point…but rather just looking for the rain to start sooner, and therefore end sooner. We will put rain totals for the entire state still at .25”-.75” but feel it will take thunderstorms to put areas into the upper part of the range. Most of us will be closer to the .25” side.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 24, 2018

The forecast pattern is unchanged this morning, with dry weather in full control for today, tomorrow and most of Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, action begins to develop across Ohio. Sunday looks to be the day where we see wholesale spreading of moisture into and across the state. It starts as hit and miss showers and we end up seeing several well-organized waves move through. Rain coverage for Sunday will be about 80% of Ohio. WE continue to see scattered showers move through for Memorial Day on Monday as well, but coverage pulls back to only 40%. Combined, we can see rains of .25”-.5” over 75% of the state for Sunday and Monday of the holiday weekend. This represents a lowering of the upper end of our forecasted range from yesterday, as we do not think there as big of a threat of thunderstorms. A few showers may still pop up over far eastern Ohio into early Tuesday, but action really will be dying down and moving away by then.Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 23, 2018

Dry weather dominates the rest of the week. Today will be somewhat of a transition day, as we still likely have to deal with some lingering clouds across the state. But, we will see increasing amounts of sunshine today in the east and a nice day over the rest of the state, and no new moisture. We stay dry for tomorrow, Friday and most of Saturday. Saturday, we have to issue a disclaimer, though. Clouds will be building into southern Ohio through the day and at this point we can’t rule out the odd shower two in far southern Ohio. The coverage will be minor, but we see this action developing with more frequency in KY and WV Saturday, and we have to leave the door open into southern Ohio as an offshoot.

Sunday looks to be the day where we see wholesale spreading of moisture into and across the state.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 22, 2018

Rain tracks across Ohio today. We can pick up another .25”-1” of rain over 80% of the state. Rain continues tomorrow but will be falling apart by mid to late morning in all areas except eastern Ohio. As the rains taper off, we should see clouds break up and we still think that western Ohio may see good sunshine before sunset tomorrow. The rest of the state waits until Thursday to see good sun.

Dry weather holds for Thursday and Friday. We are also looking to push the arrival of our next batch of showers back a little bit into this holiday weekend. The pattern suggests that we see sunny, warm, dry air hold through Saturday and perhaps even most of Sunday. There are chance of thunderstorms coming back Sunday afternoon, but the coverage is very far stretched. We do not think we escape the moisture for the weekend, but rather we end up pushing it back about 36 hours into Sunday night and Monday.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 18, 2018

A few changes to next week’s rain potential in terms of timing, but in general, we still see the same overall amount of moisture spread over the next 2 and a half weeks. Rain is slowly spreading northward across the state today. Areas from I-70 southward in Ohio see action this morning and into midday, and then this afternoon we start to see the light moisture sneak farther north. Still, a large part of northern Ohio may end up with no significant rainfall until overnight tonight, when scattered showers increase in frequency, intensity and coverage. We have rain in the forecast through tomorrow and Sunday. While action seems to die off quicker to the west, leading to a drier Monday afternoon period in Indiana, we draw the short straw here, and are actually seeing moisture linger and intensify through Monday and Tuesday. In fact, we may not see precipitation completely leave the area until overnight Tuesday night.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — May 2, 2018

oday looks very similar to yesterday. The setup is the same. Strong southwest winds bring temps to above normal levels. Low humidity will bring more drying. This will be the last dry day before our front arrives.

We are leaving our forecast for tomorrow and Thursday entirely unchanged. Rain starts around mid to late morning tomorrow morning as an approaching cold front works into Illinois. However, the front is relatively slow moving, as it still has a couple of pulses of low pressure to move up it through Friday. Scattered showers hold through the rest of tomorrow afternoon and Friday. The best chance for stronger rain and thunderstorms will be overnight tomorrow night, but the threat is minimal at this time. We are putting rain totals at .1”-.9” with coverage at 90%. Thunderstorms look to stay mostly farther north and west up into the thumb of Michigan. We won’t rule them out down in northern Ohio, but think the threat is low.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 24, 2018

o significant changes this morning to our nearby forecasts. We have scattered showers and light rain hanging around through the day today and it will finally be moving away to the east tomorrow morning. We can see additional rain totals of .25”-.5” today in the heaviest areas, and a few hundredths to a tenth or two elsewhere. Rain coverage approaches 70% today.

We turn drier tomorrow as rain leaves the region. Clouds linger over the state through at least the first half of the day, but we should see sunshine eventually win out. We are dry for all of Thursday and the start of Friday as well. Our next front is still on track for late Friday afternoon and evening, but it is showing less moisture as it moves through. Right now we are pulling rain totals back to a few hundredths to .25”, still over 90% of the state. This will be a welcome change, as it really will allow for shorter delays in fieldwork.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 23, 2018

Sun to start today, but moisture is moving in a little faster than we had been looking at as we left you last week. We had been looking at action waiting until tomorrow and Wednesday to move across Ohio. Now, we see rains pushing into SW Ohio this afternoon, bringing rain totals up to half an inch. From there, rain spreads north and east through the overnight and tomorrow. Additional rains in that period of .25”-.5” will bring 36 hour totals (through Wednesday morning) to .25”-.1” over 80% of Ohio. This will bring back some field work delays. Combined rain totals will be in the upper part of the range in parts of far southwest and southeast Ohio. The map below shows potential rain totals now through midnight tomorrow night.

Since the action is moving in faster, it is gone faster. We should be dry for most of Wednesday, although clouds will be tough to break up through the morning, and we can’t rule out a lingering shower in far eastern OH.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 20, 2018


Dry weather continues through Monday. Temps will be climbing slightly through the dry stretch, but will not really exceed normal. Most of this is due to the fact that we really do not see any significant south wind over the weekend, and see more easterly flow, which does not promote strong warming. The set up will produce some drying, but time will tell if it is enough. The same can be said about a rise in soil temperatures.

As the narrative has been pretty much all week, the Tuesday-Wednesday period next week really is the major point of consternation in our forecast. Rains look to push farther north on Tuesday into Indiana, but here we see mostly just renegade moisture that may be content to stay in cloud form through Tuesday afternoon. Down near the river, we likely have to allow for scattered showers Tuesday morning but we are reluctant to talk up action of any major intensity father north.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 19, 2018


Moisture holds on over Ohio through midday today. Clouds will yield scattered light showers, drizzle and even some snowflakes today. The best chance of snow comes in NE Ohio, where we see the coldest temps this morning and we also have some lake interaction. However, temps quickly move to a level to support all drizzle for most of the morning. By early to mid-afternoon everything should be well to our east, and clouds should start to break up We feel that most of the state will see pretty good sunshine potential before sunset. Temperatures are chilly today, but not as cold as earlier in the week. And, we should see some slight improvement from here.

We expect dry weather for all of tomorrow, the weekend, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Models threw a new wrinkle in late yesterday, bringing a stronger system out of the northern plains, across the upper Midwest and into the eastern Corn Belt next Wednesday afternoon.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 18, 2018


Sun this morning will be followed by increasing clouds this afternoon as low pressure moves into east central IN by early to mid-afternoon. This low will bring moisture back into Ohio later this afternoon and then we see action holding through evening, overnight and into tomorrow morning. Moisture has about 60% coverage, and will be most significant over the northern half to third of the state. Moisture does not look that impressive, still under a quarter of an inch for the most part, although a few locations may push closer to a third. Liquid precipitation is expected through evening but temps fall tonight, meaning after midnight we may be able to see some mixing or change over to light wet snow. We do not expect any problems, and the wet snow will be limited in coverage. Precipitation in generally will mostly be over the northern half of the state and we can see the best wet snow chances tonight and tomorrow morning mostly near the lake.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 17, 2018


Continued cold today. Northwest winds dominate the landscape, but we at least see a little less available moisture. Clouds will fight for space with sunshine, and we can’t rule out lingering wet snowflakes, mostly over the northern half to third of the state. However, temperatures today should be a couple degrees warmer than yesterday.

Tomorrow will be mostly dry statewide with a mix of clouds and sun. Clouds will be thickening up Wednesday afternoon as our next frontal complex draws close. South-southwest winds ahead of that system should take temps a little higher, perhaps closer to normal. This will, not be a significant warm up, though, and the moderation will be very short lived.

Moisture moves in tomorrow evening and then continues through Thursday. Available moisture is not all that impressive, but we draw our rain chances out over the entire period. We look for a few hundredths of an inch up to .25” with coverage at 80% of Ohio.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 16, 2018


Heavy rain is done in the west and central part of Ohio this morning, but we have rain holding on over the eastern third to quarter of the state. This rain will likely linger into midday before pushing east into PA. Cold air is rushing in on the backside of the moisture, driven by strong NW flow across the great lakes. Temps are shifting to well below normal levels, but honestly look to be a little bit better here than farther west in Indiana today. The northern half of Ohio will see temps in the 30s to low 40s, while the southern half of the state will push into the mid and upper 40s still. We likely see our coldest air overnight tonight. Adding insult will be strong NW winds, making it feel even colder. Light moisture holds over the state through the entire day, but there will be significant holes in the precipitation coverage.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 13, 2018


Warm air continues to surge north across the state today. Temperatures will be a good 10-15 degrees above normal, fueled by strong south winds averaging 15-30 mph. However, clouds will be on the increase today, as we get closer to moisture from our approaching frontal boundary. That moisture should hold off in most places until tomorrow.

Significant rains are here for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we have combined rain totals of .1”-2.5” with coverage at 90% of the state. To get into the upper part of the range, you will need to have a few stronger thunderstorms, and we think that the best shot at those will be in west central and NW Ohio. There is a fairly good strong to severe weather threat for late tomorrow afternoon and overnight, and a second chance late morning to midday on Sunday. Rains will come and go tomorrow, and we expect some significant holes in the coverage to be seen through mid-afternoon.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 12, 2018


The forecast pattern is unfolding as we have expected so far. In fact, temps were a little warmer yesterday than we had thought possible…but who are we to argue. We see the best warming today, tomorrow and Saturday on strong south flow and gusty winds.

Low pressure moved into Michigan overnight last night, and is exiting to the east today across southern Ontario. This will trigger some light rains across Ohio this morning before giving way to better sunshine potential and a warm afternoon. Rain totals will end up ranging from .05”-.25” from US 30 northward before ending today, while we can see a few hundredths to a tenth of potential down to I-70. Winds pick up this afternoon and stay strong through tomorrow. Clouds will move in at times this afternoon through tomorrow as well, and they really begin to increase tomorrow afternoon ahead of our next front.

Significant rains start Saturday ahead of a strong cold front.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 11, 2018


After a chilly start, moderating temps should work into the state today. While we don’t see the huge warm up that we expect for tomorrow forward, west and southwest winds will help get temperatures back to near normal this afternoon. Tomorrow we start to see rather strong southwest winds bump temperatures to well above normal. That temperature pattern lasts 3 days…so do not get used to it!

We have low pressure passing by to the north overnight tonight into tomorrow, bringing rain to MI and southern Ontario. This system actually brings a warm front through the region, allowing more south and southwest winds to fuel our warm up. We do still see some minor moisture moving over Ohio tomorrow morning, and we are extending its reach a little farther south in our forecast this morning. Right now we still look for the best rains to be north of US 30, where we can see up to .2” of liquid.… Continue reading

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