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2020 Spring Forecast: Stormy Weather?

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will greet the spring season on March 19, 2020, at precisely 11:50 p.m. EDT, with the arrival of the Vernal Equinox. If that seems early to you, you’re right. This will be the earliest the Spring Equinox has occurred in 124 years!

But the question on everyone’s mind is: when will it actually feel like spring? Here’s what the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting, based on its long-range weather formula.

Scroll down for the Canadian forecast…

2020 United States Spring Weather Forecast

According to our long-range outlook, spring will be slow to start with winter lingering across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on for a ride that you may not be able to get off until April!

Much of the rest of the country will experience frequent and widespread precipitation. During the first week of April across the Plains states and parts of the Southwest, there may be a threat of strong-to-severe weather, with some storms capable of spawning tornado activity. Temperatures will run somewhat cool for most regions, even into June.

The next Easter is on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Will the weather impact your Easter Sunday plans? Check the forecast for your zone here. 

Drier weather will prevail out West, although initially, it will seem somewhat reluctant to move eastward. A very cool and stormy spring is on tap for the south-central states.

Hurricanes?

A hurricane might threaten Florida during the first week of June, just as the
season officially begins, and a subtropical disturbance could affect parts of
the Atlantic Seaboard during the third week of June. Then things should quiet down during July and August before ramping up again in mid-September with a tropical storm threat along the Gulf Coast. A hurricane threat for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast is predicted at the same time. Typically, tropical cyclone activity over the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea increases exponentially during the second week of August and reaches its peak on September 10. Be sure you’re hurricane ready!

What About Gardening?

spring weather - a shovel digging into the garden

If you’re itching to start your spring garden, don’t forget to check our Average Frost Dates so you know when the traditional threat of frost has passed before planting your seedlings.

Favorite Spring Weather Lore

Some of the most well-known weather lore sayings are about spring—”April showers bring May flowers” is just one of many. See the list.

2020 Canadian Spring Weather Forecast

The kickoff for spring will still see some semblance of wintry conditions persist across Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes on up into Newfoundland and Labrador. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on through March and into April. During the first week of April across the Great Lakes east into the Maritimes there may be the threat of strong-to-severe weather, with some storms capable of spawning tornado activity for parts of Ontario. Temperatures will run somewhat cool for most regions into June.

Check the day-to-day forecast for your Canadian zone here. 

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