|Ohio Weather Notes
Kidron #02 (Wayne County) Ron Hahn Average temperatures were close to 4 degrees above normal for the month of October and liquid precipitation was 0.10 inch above normal. The 0.2 inch of snow on the 8th was the earliest snowfall ever at this station.
Springfield #01 (Clark County) Dick Groeber The first week saw extremes of temperature and precipitation. The highest and the lowest temperatures were recorded during that period. The high of 88 degrees was recorded on the 3rd while the low of 31 degrees was recorded on the 8th. A strong cold front moved through on the 5th, dumping the years third heaviest daily rainfall amid numerous thunderstorms with 2.57 inches. Also on the 8th was the first rain mixed with snow for the season. The date of the 8th was the earliest of the season for both the first freezing temperatures and snowfall at this station's 33 years of weather records. From the 10th through the 26th, a period of "Indian Summer" existed and was dominated by mostly dry conditions along with warm temperatures and dominate high atmosphric pressure. As for October, the high temperature of 88 degrees was the second highest for the past 33 years. The highest was 89 degrees on October 2, 1971. The rainfall of 2.57 inches on the 5th was also the second highest for the period. The greatest one-day total was 2.66 inches on October 5, 1995. Overall, the barometric pressure, relative humidity, temperature and rainfall were all above the station's 33 year averages.
Cincinnati #13 (Hamilton County) Ron Rothhaas Jr October was very warm and very dry ... more like 1999 than 2000. We averaged 3.9 degrees above normal and while rainfall was only 0.99 inch below normal, most fell on one day near the beginning of the month on the 5th. The only other significant rain was 0.41 inch on the 17th and this mainly fell on the northern half of the region. By month's end the ground was cracked and dry with smoke from wildfires in Kentucky beginning to make its way toward the area.
Wooster #16 (Wayne County) Jack Sisler October was pretty much a tranquil month although the beginning seemed somewhat ominous. I recorded a trace of snow/sleet on the 7th, 8th and 9th and established an all-time record low for the date with 29 degrees on the 9th. For the month, temperatures were about 4 degrees above normal and precipitation was almost 0.40 inch below normal. Winds were quite light, especially during the last half of the month.
Perrysville #79 (Richland County) Katie Gerwig Temperatures averaged somewhat above normal with precipitation nearly normal. There were four mornings of dense fog on the 16th, 18th, 25th and 26th. The 25th was the thickest with visibility of only a few yards.
Streetsboro #98 (Portage County) Vance Lunn The month of October was an interesting one weatherwise. The warmest temperature of the month occurred on the 2nd with 79 degrees. But by the 7th, snow was falling. This event from the 7th to the 9th included heavy snow, heavy sleet and some lightning displays that were typical of summer thunderstorms. The sleet and snow came mostly in the form of thundershowers. One was a sleet storm which covered the ground with a 1/4 inch deep layer in a time period of just two minutes. Several times from the 7th to the 9th the ground was quickly covered with snow which then would rapidly melt. The temperature, however, did not hit freezing during this event. The first actual freezing temperature occurred in the evening of the 28th, ending a freeze-free season of 172 days.
Kent #53 (Portage County) Eric Wertz October 2000 had near normal temperatures and precipitation. High wind gusts were below normal with the highest observed gust of 21 mph shared on the 4th, 14th and 28th. The first trace of snowfall for the season occurred on the 7th. Pea-size hail was observed on the 8th due to a highly unstable air mass with plenty of cold air aloft. Measurable precipitation was noted on 11 days with monthly snowfall of only a trace. Most of the rainfall (1.29 inches) occurred from the 4th through the 6th in conjunction with a slow moving low pressure system and cold front. Total liquid equivalent precipitation for the month was 2.33 inches. Eight fog days were observed.
Ravenna #101 (Portage County) Rich Rabatin October was a wild month here in Ravenna. On the 2nd, we saw a high of 77 degrees, then on the 8th we had our first snow. That day we also had sleet and pea size hail that covered the ground. October also gave us our first killer frost when the temperature dipped to a low of 32 on the 29th. In the early morning hours of October 5th, Portage County was put under a severe thunderstorm warning as a line of severe thunderstorms passed over the area. On Sunday October 8th, several northeast Ohio counties were put under a Lake Snow Advisory by the NWS in Cleveland as a blast of cold Canadian air passed over the warm waters of Lake Erie making it possible for a snow squall event across northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.