According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Webster, Indiana, April of 2015 was, putting it mildly, a real snoozer.
It was an uneventful month as temperatures averaged just a little warmer than normal, and precipitation was below normal. The full gamut of meteorology was the bill of fare for the month, as our area saw a variety of weather including snow showers, thunderstorms, frost, and temperatures ranging from the middle 20s to 80 degrees. In other words, typical Northwest Ohio weather.
The average monthly temperature was 50.5 degrees, which was just 0.5 degrees above normal. This ranked as the 39th warmest April on record since 1912. The lowest temperature was 26 on the fourth, and the warmest was 80 on April 18.
Precipitation for the month at the KFWA Observation Station in Fort Wayne was 3.28 inches, which was almost a quarter inch below normal. This ranked as the 52nd wettest April on record. Measurable precipitation fell on 13 days, and two days, the 19th and 25th, received over a half inch of rainfall. The 19th actually saw 1.06 inches of rainfall in Fort Wayne, while Williams County saw readings in the vicinity of three-quarters of an inch, and Fulton county stations checked in with around a half-inch over the same time period.
There was a trace of snowfall on the 22nd and total for the month was just a trace. This was 1.4 inches below normal, tying us for the eighth least snowiest April on record. Of this matter, I heard very few complaints.
Looking ahead to the month of May, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for normal temperatures for the month, while we stand to have up to a one in three chance of lower precipitation levels for the month. As the humidity levels continue to rise over this first full week of the month, I cannot help but wonder if we might just challenge that prediction. A normal May brings a shade over 4.25 inches of rain to the area. Although this may change in the none too distant future, we have yet to see any severe weather in 2015, or even a good heavy rain…let alone a ‘Texas Toad-strangler’ type of a downpour.
Given the choice, I’ll take the gully-washer. Methinks that the area farmers will as well.
Timothy Kays can be reached at