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May Outlook; Wetter month expected, shift in our weather pattern

May is expected to be a wetter month than usual according to the Climate Prediction Center.
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Our weather has taken a turn as we closed the door on April and entered May.

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When glancing at the numbers, April appeared to be on par as far as what we typically see. 

When you break it down day by day, there's a different story to tell.

Frigid temperatures to start the month followed by a streak of warmth and then back to cold, snowy weather into the latter half of the month. Also, don't forget the dry streak we had that took place during the second half of the month.  We ended up getting close to our normal precipitation for the month thanks to the close to 2" of rain that fell at the end of the month.

Now that we're in May, our weather has changed gears a bit.

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Our weather pattern has allowed for more weather disturbances to keep rain chances in the forecast for the start of the month and will likely linger over the next week or so. 

This has allowed for wet and cooler conditions to take control of our weather through the first, and possibly the second week of the month. 

Beyond on that, the long-range forecast looks uncertain; but there is guidance suggesting that our temperatures will rebound and that we will continue to see above average rainfall through the month.

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Above average temperatures are expected across much of the southern half of the United States. While not as clear here in Ohio, we have equal chances for above, below and average temperatures through the month. 

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There is a lot more confidence in above average precipitation throughout the eastern half of the U.S., with below average conditions to the west. 

We average 4.17" of rain in May but it looks like we could be seeing higher amounts by the time we head into June. June is also when we near the peak of severe weather season here in Ohio, so make sure you are staying weather aware with the Doppler Ten Weather Team.