Akron’s Climate and What to Expect Each Season

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Rain and Drought in Akron, Ohio

Akron, Ohio has a very average amount of rainfall when compared to the rest of the United States, with 36.3″ of rain a year.  As with all spots across the country, there have been droughts over the past decade, but far fewer than what has affected areas in the South and the Southwest of the United States.

Spring is a season of Change in Akron, Ohio

emerged_plant_picture_169081Average highs and lows in Spring are deceptive because they vary so greatly.  Winter temperatures can be haunt you on March 29th, eighty degrees can feel strange with trees without foliage on April 3rd, only to be thrown back into 8 inches of snow on April 4th.  Mind you, it is never THAT bad, but it feels like it sometimes!

The large amount of Spring Rain allow a multitude of spring flowers to bloom.  Hyacinths, Tulips, Crocuses, and more adorn the area.

Summer in Akron, Ohio

summer in Akron, OHioThe average Highs in July in Akron, Ohio is 84 degrees.  Temperatures exceed 90 degrees about 9 days per summer season.  Temperatures are seasonal, but fairly stable.

Thunderstorms are expected, and always welcome in the heat of the summer.  Akron’s all time record high was 104 degrees set in 1918.

Humidity can be difficult in Akron, Ohio, and although Air Conditioning is not a necessity, it is a very welcome feature of any home.  For those without air conditioning, homeowners often take refuge in their basements which stay closer to ground temperature.

Autumn in Akron, Ohio

Fall in Akron, OhioFall in Akron is a beautiful time of year, with falling leaves, seasonal harvests (pick your own apples), festivals, gorgeous sunsets and often sunny skies.  Expect extra chores of raking leaves- however most cities, townships and villages offer leaf pickup at curbside.  Local teens and tweens are always out to rake leaves and make a few extra bucks in the spring.

Winter in Akron, Ohio

winter in Akron, OhioAt the heart of the winter, average highs reach 34 degrees, and average lows reach down to 20.  However, huge variations can be expected, with occasional temperature drops down to the single digits once or twice a season.

Average seasonal snow fall for Akron, OH is a little shy of 4 feet.  This is the right amount of snow for kids to enjoy the yearly winter weather, but not too much to depress their parents to a great degree.  The earliest snow might tease Akron residents as early as Halloween, however the snow season really does not hit until early December.  Thick snow usually falls in the beginning of the season- where as lighter, icier snow can coat the ground through January and February.

Although not official, Akron and Northeast Ohio usually has a “January Thaw”- one week in the middle of January where temperatures reach into the Fifties and delight everyone- raising the average monthly temperatures and making up for the coldest weeks.

What about the Snowbelt and Lake Effect Snow?

Lake Effect Snow can dump massive amount of snow each year to our neighbors to the North East of Summit County.  On rare occasions, lake effect snow will push down as far as Akron proper, but it not something to worry about anywhere in Summit County.  Snow falls in the northern half of Summit County can get slightly more snowfall than the south, but it is not a concern to be addressed.

Hurricane Weather in Akron, OH

Hurricane season does not overly affect Akron, OH.  A depleted hurricane’s wind gusts and rainfall can arrive in Akron, Ohio.  This occurs once or twice a year and is usually a welcome amount of rain during the summer.

Tornadoes in Akron, OH

Small tornadoes can show up here in Northeast Ohio.  They can be known to rip off the roofs of houses, uproot trees, etc..  Damaging tornadoes, however are rare.  Tornadoes can do more damage in areas 100 miles south of Akron.

Earthquakes in Akron, OH

When earthquakes hit Akron, Ohio, the joking topic of conversation is usually “did you feel it?”  Shaking is very minimal, damage is non existent.  There are no active fault lines near Akron, Ohio, and our minimal earthquakes hit once ever few years.

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