By Jim Noel, NOAA
With July 4 behind us, Ohio’s farmers will be facing above normal temperatures and precipitation for the rest of the month.
Even though it has gotten a little drier recently, the pattern around a big high pressure to the west and south of Ohio favors a warm and humid July with rain chances. However, there will be swings in the the pattern from week to week.
The first week of July had a very warm and humid pattern with increasing rain chances. Week two will offer a cooler pattern but with continued rain chances. Weeks three and four will return to above normal temperatures and rainfall near normal.
Looking ahead to August, expect above normal temperatures with rainfall normal or above normal. It should be noted that the above normal temperatures will be driven much more so by overnight low temperatures versus daytime maximum temperatures. Maximum temperatures will generally only be a few degrees above normal while overnight minimum temperatures will at times be 5 to 10 degrees above normal.