CLEVELAND - Just how cold has it been in March and April? How about some stats: Since, mid-March, the United States has set 9,664 daily records for cold and snow.
That's almost 10,000 new records. The coldest temperatures have been across the Plains and the western Great Lakes.
Here in northern Ohio, it's been chilly. April will most likely go in the books as a colder-than-normal month for most of us. Currently, average temperatures for Cleveland this month are more than a degree below normal. For Akron and Canton, that temperature deficit so far for the month is .9 degrees.
Temperatures will warm up for a few days to end the month next week. Highs should move up into the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday. But...
But, there is more cold coming. As I said in my spring forecast back in February, the first half of spring would likely have its share of cold weather. Warmth would come, but would have a hard time hanging around.
That has certainly been the case and will likely hold true for the first 10 days of May. Look at the graphic above on the left in the photo section. It shows a blast of cold air returning to the area for the first weekend of May.
This particular forecast suggests temperatures in northern Ohio won't get out of the 30s by next Friday. Remember this is an early prediction by one of our favorite computer forecast programs (GFS). While it may be a bit too extreme, the point here is that more chilly weather is on the horizon for us next weekend.
To add insult to injury, this same computer forecast is predicting a few inches of snow for our area during the day Friday (See graphic above). Remember: It is still EARLY. It's too far out yet for fine details. With high sun angles and longer daylight, it's very hard for snow to stick in May in Ohio.
But, another blast of cold is likely to impact your weekend during the first week of May. Keep your warm coats on standby.
By the way, globally, temperatures continue to trend downward. I've included the latest Global Temperature Anomaly graphic above as well.
Temperatures have been virtually flat since 1997. And, as the graphic shows, since 2009, temperatures have been sliding DOWN. I wonder why you won't hear this on the national news.