No candy — it’s snow in May baskets

Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden


Another week of strange weather hits the front page! On Reed Street May 1, 2013, when you should be seeing blue skies, all that could be seen was a white out blizzard! If April showers bring May flowers what does May snow bring?

On the first of May when area residents typically wear their spring jackets delivering May Day baskets or dance around the May pole, people were digging out their hats and mittens to build snowmen as Old Man Winter dumped around 2 inches in Akron and 5.5 inches in Hawarden of the heavy moisture-laden snowflakes.

According to National Weather Service-Sioux Falls, S.D., Meteorologist Brad Adams, the most recent time Akron had any snow in May was possibly a trace amount, which could have just been hail, on May 19, 1950. The latest spring snowfall Akron has ever had was 3 inches on May 28, 1947. He did note Akron’s weather records have some gaps in the last 70 years.

According to Pat Clark, there was a trace of snow the day she was born: June 7, 1938, at her parent’s home, 18802 Hwy 12 between Akron and Westfield.

So maybe Old Man Winter isn’t through with us yet.

This week’s forecast includes plenty of rainy days with highs in the 60s and 70s. Mother’s Day is predicted to be the first sunny day followed by a few days where temperatures may soar near 80 degrees.

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