Record Precipitation Falls in February 2019
It was an active month of February across the Midwest with record precipitation (rain and melted snowfall) across parts of the region. However, with only Chicago coming in colder than average, not all of that was snow.
In terms of temperature, Cincinnati and Dayton both finished nearly four degrees above-average for the month (3.7 and 3.8 degrees respectively). Columbus (2.0 degrees warmer) and Indianapolis (1.7 degrees) were a bit closer to average, with only Chicago coming in colder than average with a monthly departure of -1.8 degrees.
A Cold and Snowy January 2019
January 2019 certainly made up for a relatively mild and snowless December, with record-setting cold at times and above-average snowfall across the Midwest.
In terms of monthly totals, Chicago finished 2.8 degrees colder than average. Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus also finished below normal, but by less than a degree. Dayton was the mild spot, coming in a degree warmer than average for January (which is not necessarily warm with average lows near 20 and high near 35).
Winter Isn't Over Yet
We get it. Baltimore hit 70, Boston 65 last week. Even the Midwest enjoyed at least a day or two in the 50s or 60s. On top of that, the Groundhog didn’t see his shadow! Many people are wondering, was that it? The answer to that is no, and it’s not simply due to the calendar…we only have to go back to last year to see snow well into April…but the upcoming weather pattern will be conducive to more bouts of cold weather along with opportunities for snow.
December 2018: Wet, but not very Snowy
After a chilly November with multiple rounds of snow across the Midwest, winter largely backed off for most of December. It was a mild and wet first month of meteorological winter, with all major cities finishing well-above normal in the temperature department and also wetter than average.
Midwest September 2018 Summary: Rainy and Warm!
Summer was slow to depart this September, with all locations in the Midwest finishing much warmer than average. It was an odd month rainfall-wise as there were extended dry periods; but when it rained, it poured, with large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois doubling their average rainfall for the month.
August 2018: Still Warm but Rainier for Ohio and Indiana
July 2018: Warm & Dry in the Midwest
The warmth we saw in May and June continued as a stretch of hot and very muggy conditions into the first week of July. This prolonged stretch of weather was a result of a large ridge in the jet stream that was firmly planted over the Ohio Valley and Northeast, which pushed the jet stream well north into Canada allowing tropical air northward. A generally dry pattern was in place during the first week of the month, with only disorganized thunderstorms that dropped hit and miss rainfall across the Midwest.