If you have lived in Ohio for any length of time, you have probably heard someone say, "if you don't like the weather, just wait, because it will change." There was a big weather change that occurred just over a week ago. On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, a storm bringing snow blew through Ohio. Snowfall totals ranged from minor accumulations, up to 12". Northwest Ohio seemed to get the brunt of the storm, and Toledo made the national news as the surprising April snow storm caught some off guard. The snowfall total last weekend exceed any other measurable snowfall totals from earlier in the winter and made the 2015 / 2016 winter record book for the largest snowfall total this season.
The sun did shine on the 9th of April, melting much of the quickly accumulating snow that had fallen just hours before, but temperatures remained cool. As the week progressed, temperatures where on the rise giving way to a stunning weekend in the weather department.
With the wonderful weather this weekend, many people took advantage and were out working on their landscapes, lawns and gardens. Some folks commented of Facebook that dispite temperatures in the 70Fs, some areas where still very wet and were not able to be worked without causing adverse effects. It is humorous to think that we have gone from snow shovels to rakes within a week, but we live in Ohio.
In previous BYGL years, there was a weekly article highlighting the weather. In 2016 we are trying something a little different. Weather-worthy information will be shared as a Hort Short, rather than a weekly article. You can remain up-to-date by using the OARDC Weather System website at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/newweather/
Enjoy the springtime temperatures and keep your fingers crossed that we don't see anymore of the "white-stuff" until next fall or winter.