Spring ends up chillier than normal this year

CLEVELAND - Spring is northeast Ohio this year was a little chillier than normal which came as little surprise to many who thought winter would never end.

An unsettled weather pattern kept a hold on the area during meteorological spring that ran from March 1st to May 31th, according to climate reports recently released by the National Weather Service.

Hopkins International Airport, the city of Cleveland's official reporting location, saw a wide range of temperatures that swung from a record morning low of zero degrees on March 4th to a sizzling record high of 88 degrees on May 13th. The daily mean temperatures, or average of each day's high and low temperatures, was at 48.0 degrees or 1.3 degrees colder than normal for the three month period.

Spring was also wetter than normal in 2014 with a total of 11.24 inches of liquid precipitation (rain and melted snow) falling during the period. The National Weather Service says this amount exceeded our thirty year norms by 1.16 inches. Many thank their green spring lawns to the wetter than normal conditions. And drought conditions were yet to materialize anywhere in northern Ohio this year as a result.

Snowfall was also slightly above normal this year with 16.4 inches of snow falling at the airport. That amount is just one half inch of snow more than normal. Our last snow this year fell on April 15th when a late winter storm system added 1.3 inches to our winter total of 86.1 inches of snow or the eighth snowiest winter on record.

Skies were also pretty cloudy much of spring with the area seeing about half of the possible amount of sunshine you can have. Out of 92 days, 11 were considered fair, while 39 days were partly cloudy and 42 days were cloudy.

Here is recap of how northern Ohio deviated from normal temperatures and precipitation this Spring...

Elsewhere across the area:

  • Cleveland: -1.3 degrees | +1.16 inches
  • Akron/Canton: -.2 degrees | +2.03 inches
  • Mansfield: -.7 degrees | -.07 inches
  • Youngstown: -1.5 degrees | +.31 inches
  • Toledo: -2.9 degrees | -2.58 inches

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