Goodbye April

By: Buckey2745 , 7:10 PM GMT on May 02, 2013

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In like a lion? Well if that phrase references severe weather... no. April was not in like a lion. April was quiet... it was relatively cool... and there wasn't much to talk about.

Severe:
I guess it's more than we've seen all season, but April still wasn't a very active month for storms. We had a couple of systems move through in the early part of the month that sparked a couple Watches and a couple Warnings, but not of the tornado variety.

Snow:
Yes. We saw snow in April on the 20th. It was quick dusting that fell in the overnight hours, but it was appropriate considering our winter that never seemed to end. Well in to Spring and we're seeing snow? Welcome to Ohio, I guess. I would think it's safe to say we've seen the last of winter, but then again Kansas City could see measurable snow today, so you never know.

Our season total will hopefully end at 26.65", which is a little more than I predicted.

On a side note it looks like Columbus decided to reconcile their snow totals as they now show 27.5" on the season. That sounds a little more accurate, I'd say.

Temp:
Our mean temp for the month was 53.3° which was on the low side compared to the past 6 years:

2008: 55.6
2009: 53.9
2010: 58.8
2011: 56.6
2012: 54.1
2013: 53.3

Other Stats:

High Temp: 85.9° (4/18)
Low Temp: 23.9° (4/3)
Highest Wind Gust: 37mph (4/19)
Monthly Rainfall: 3.97"
Rainiest Day: 0.76" (4/24)
80° Days: 3

Looking Ahead:
May is usually the beginning of our severe season, but for at least the next several days May will be the cool and dreary season. A cutoff low over the central US that is producing snow over Iowa and Minnesota will eventually make its way to out south and over to the east coast where it will stall again. At this point it appears we could be looking at an entire week of possible showers.

It won't be until Mothers Day that a strong front will finally sweep across the nation and push this low out to sea. That's when long range models suggest an active pattern setup over the Great Lakes region.

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