Varying temperatures make it difficult to get crops planted


MILLPORT, Ohio – Nature got vegetation ahead of schedule with high temperatures in mid-April and then had to turn on the colder weather to slow it down, said Edwin R. Copeland, U.S. weather observer, reporting from his post in southern Columbiana County.

The high temperature for the month was 87 degrees recorded April 16. The low night temperature was 18 degrees reported April 7.

The month had 12 days of rain, and 1.42 inches was recorded April 14.

Farmers could not get their crops planted on time and are now looking for more normal weather to get them planted, Copeland said.

“If we don’t get a hard frost,” he said, “there is a making for a good hay crop.”

The 109-year averages for April are: 48.7 degrees, 3.38 inches of rain and 55 percent sunshine.

Averages for April 2002 are: 53.4 degrees, 3.71 inches of rain and 50 percent sunshine.

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