Isobar mows in winter gear for the first time 2015.05.06

By DAVID GREEN

Now there's a first, says George Isobar, Morenci observer for the National Weather Service.

"I could be forgetting, but I don't think I've ever mowed my lawn in the spring wearing winter gloves," he said.

Gloves and a hooded sweatshirt, too. It was sort of like mowing in March.

"The reason is obvious," Isobar said. "It got nice and warm, we had some rain, and then it got chilly once more. In fact, the coldest temperature of the month, 24°, was recorded April 24th. That's not the way it's supposed to work."

That was two days after a little snow fell. Snow in April isn't so uncommon in this part of the country, he said, but it generally falls before that late in the month.

The warmest day of the month was less than a week before the coldest when a high of 80° was recorded.

"April was a little unusual," Isobar said. "Overall, it finished out 0.7° cooler than normal, but there was a week and a half of really nice spring weather in the middle of the month. We ended up with only three days in the 70s and the one at 80, but half of the month had a daily high temperature in the 60s."

That's just a little hard to remember when it ended so chilly, with five morning lows in the 30s and two in the 20s. The last below-freezing temperature came on April 28.

Toledo's low of 23° broke a daily record of 27° that was made in 1883. At the other end of the scale, the 81° in Erie, Pa., on the east side of the Cleveland weather service region, tied a record set in 1945.

Total precipitation measured 2.36 inches, with only a trace of snow April 22 and also an evening rain April 21 that included some sleet. The total was about 1.3 inches below the average for April.

There were thunderstorms during the month, but no severe weather.

"That doesn't mean that it wasn't windy," Isobar said. "There were 18 days with a two-minute duration of at least 20 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service office in Toledo."

April 21 was the windiest with a duration measurement of 43 miles an hour and a peak gust of 52 miles an hour. Seven days produced gusts into the 30s and two into the 40s.

MAY—"I'm not a forecaster," Isobar said, "and I remember giving the all-clear about snow sometime last month. I was wrong."

It didn't snow much at all, but there was white stuff falling.

Isobar knows he would be pretty safe to say the same thing now, but there are a couple of nagging hesitations: a trace of snowfall in 2005 and 1.6 inches in 1988.

"Everybody knows that's not going to happen again," he said. "Instead look for some days in the 80s this month and maybe even the 90s."