Situated in the middle of Ohio, the Columbus Region has a rich and varied climate. Exposed equally to air from Canada and the tropics, Columbus enjoys seasonal variability with cold winters and warm, humid summers.
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Columbus is favored with a balanced rainfall throughout the year. Each month averages at least two inches of rainfall, while none average more than five.
Located outside of the Midwestern lake effect Snow Belt, Columbus receives on average 28.9 inches of snow annually in comparison to 39.5 in Chicago and 59.8 in Cleveland.
Columbus enjoys a broad June through September peak in sunshine and relatively cloud-free conditions, each month receiving slightly more than 60 percent of maximum possible sunshine.
The Columbus Region is located outside major U.S. earthquake, hurricane, volcano and tsunami zones.
Any severe weather typically includes occasional tornadoes, hail, high winds and winter storms.
Severe droughts and floods are a rare occurrence. While flooding does occur occasionally, it is restricted to lowland areas as most rainfalls can be handled effectively by area stream and river basins. Droughts in Ohio occur on average two times per decade.
July is the average warmest month.
The highest recorded temperature was 106 degrees F in 1934.
The average coolest month is January.
The lowest recorded temperature was -22 degrees F in 1994.
The maximum average precipitation occurs in July.
The Columbus Region lies between the flat rolling terrain of the west and north and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southern and eastern portions of the state. This provides residents with access to a variety of seasonal outdoor recreational options including boating and hiking in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. In fact, the Metro Parks system comprises 16 natural area parks with a combined 25,000 acres of land and water in seven Central Ohio counties.