April is in the books and wow did it end on a wet note. The rainy period over the last few days put Youngstown at close to 5″ of rain for the month. Here’s how this compares to average (also shown: the wettest April on record here in 1998): We also recorded a little over 1″ of snow in April.
What about temperatures? For the month, it was actually a bit ABOVE average…the first time we have had a month on the “positive” side since December. Here’s a look at the temperature anomalies across North America: Despite the more tolerable weather in April, the first 1/3 of 2014 is still WAYYY below average in a large chunk of the continent:
So let’s talk about May. Although we are not gaining daylight as quickly as we did in March and April, the Sun is still getting higher in the sky and the days are getting longer. What the Sun is doing in May:
Snow? More than a “trace” is pretty rare:
Be careful planting things too early. The next week is unlikely to bring subfreezing temperatures, but we can get a freeze as late as the 3rd week of May. Here’s a list of years with subfreezing temperatures after May 15:
Notice last year is on the list.
Ok, enough about the past. What about the future? How’s this May look? As you probably know, the Great Lakes are remarkably cold for this late in the season….with ice still found in the northern lakes. This is something we have to keep in mind; air masses that come out of Canada and across the lakes will get a little extra refrigeration this Spring and early Summer. That said, there should be enough warm air masses pushing in from the south and west to balance out those cool shots. Odds appear to favor a “typical” May in the temperature department. The average of the last week’s worth of runs of the Climate Forecast System (CFS) model shows our region with an “average” or perhaps slightly below average look: NOAA’s outlook:
I will try and do an outlook for the Summer later this month. As always, thanks for reading!!