Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Snow in Ohio


Snow on a yellow and orange tulip.

Nearly every year in April, it snows in Ohio. It snows in the northern part of Ohio, at least. And every year, people are surprised by this weather event. I'm not sure if this surprise is due to the spring weather here being so swingy (it was 80 degrees a few days ago) or because people have selective memories. Regardless of their surprise, the snow arrives and makes things look pretty for a few hours before melting away.

Drooping red tulip with snow on it.

According to the data available on Weather Underground for the weather at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, it has snowed at least one day in April every year since 2014. While the amount of snow fall varied, the snowfall did in fact occur. The years before 2014 were oddly missing precipitation data, but I'd be willing to use some logic to say that it very likely snowed in April in previous years. 

Snow covered pear blossoms with more snow covered branches out of focus in the background.

The plants around my yard that have started growing and blooming by this point in the year can handle the snow. Some, such as crocuses (not pictured) and hyacinth (pictured below), are expected to be coated in snow at least once during their short lifetime. While they are lovely without a coating of snow, the snow definitely adds a sense of wonder and makes their colors pop.

Grape hyacinth mostly buried in snow.


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