Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga County which is highly populated county in the U.S. state of Ohio. With the downfall of heavy manufacturing, the economy of Cleveland has been diversed with the growth in financial, healthcare, legal, and insurance sectors. According to the 2000 Census, the city was the second largest city in Ohio with a total population of 478,403. Cleveland is the centre of the largest metropolitan area in Ohio known as Greater Cleveland. According to the reports of United States Census Bureau, Cleveland has a total area of 213.4 km2 of which 12.4 km2 is water and 201.0 km2 is land. Cleveland city lies on a streak of irregular boast lying roughly to the Lake Erie which is 173m above sea level. The land rise quickly from the shore of the lake. Public Square, of 2km inland sits at an elevation of 198m and Hopkins Airport at 241m. Cuyahoga River bisects the Cleveland city from north to south. Winds directed from west to north off Lake Erie modify the continental climate and raise the winter temperatures and lowers the summer temperatures. Winters in Cleveland are relatively cold and cloudy and summers are warm and humid. You can visit the places like free museums, greenparks and concerts during winter. You can visit Cleveland in summer as it has a river and a lake to enjoy. Snowfalls flutter widely ranging from 90 inches in east Cuyahoga County to 45 inches in the west. Tornadoes occur regularly because of the damaging winds flowing at a speed of more than 50 miles per hour which are brought by the thunderstorms. The threat of these winds is greatest during early summer and spring.
Cleveland has a humid continental climate with very humid, warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Lake Erien turns sharply at northeast which is the principal contributor feature to the typical lake effect snow. This made the Cleveland city the second snowiest city in U.S. The lake effect snow caused a relative differential in total snowfall across the city. The total snowfall in the city reaches exceeds 254 cm as the city ascends into the Heights on the east where the region is called as 'Snow Belt' begins.
The highest temperature of 40 °C was recorded in Cleveland on June 25, 1998 and the lowest temperature of −29 °C was recorded on January 19, 1994. With a mean temperature of 22.2 °C, July is the warmest month and January is the coldest month with a mean temperature of −3.5 °C. Based on the average 30-years from 1971-2000, the yearly precipitation is 983mm. High precipitation occurs in the eastern suburbs while in the western side the occurrence of precipitation is less. Some parts of Geauga County receive over 44 inches of rainfall precipitation annually.