Weather recap for central Ohio in April

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With April now in the books, we now are looking forward to May! School will soon be out and that also means heading into the peak of severe weather season.

Before we talk about that, let's see how April panned out, statistically, for Columbus.

Overall, we were slightly above average for both temperatures and precipitation. The shading in colors above represent the average temperature with respect to it's "normal" value for that time of year.

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Days shaded in white are +/- 3 degrees of the normal value. High temperatures are depicted in the individual calender days. Rainfall, while it was slightly above for the month, didn't tally up until the last week of April.

Over 1.5" of rain fell during the last week, putting the monthly total over 3.5".

Looking at the state as a whole, the bulk of the state was slightly above average for both temperatures and precipitation.

Some other "interesting" tidbits from last month is the severe weather warning plots for the state. Notice how we saw zero severe thunderstorm warnings here in Franklin county.

Now looking at tornado warnings, we had quiet activity here in Columbus and through much of southern Ohio. And of those warnings, we had 5 total tornadoes(EF0 in Darke, Tuscarawas, Stark and Clark County and an EF2 in Richland county).

A reminder that this is just the start of severe weather season and we have a couple more months to deal with here in Ohio! And always remember that a tornado can occur at anytime, not just during severe weather season.