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Above average winter precipitation keeps drought concerns away

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Whether it was rain, ice or snow in your neighborhood, the precipitation was heavy on Tuesday. If the precipitation would have stayed all snow, it would have led to a foot or more of heavy wet snowfall; if the precipitation would have been all freezing rain we would have seen a destructive ice storm. Regardless we got a lot of liquid to hit the ground that added up to 1-1.5" of precipitation.

That caps off a very wet winter season up to this point. We have already seen 8.13" of precipitation in Toledo which is an 1.33" above normal for the season, even though snowfall has been significantly below normal so far.

The ground moisture is in very good shape after last year's drought. Exceptional drought is still a major problem in the great plains as rainfall has been below normal from Texas to North Dakota. There is good news and bad news in the long range outlook. The spring season is expected to be warmer and stormier than normal in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. So while parts of the nation's bread basket will see the drought weaken, expanding drought is expected in the months to come in the high plains into the rocky mountains.

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