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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we welcome spring on March 20, 2022, at precisely 11:33 a.m. EDT, with the arrival of the spring equinox. However, the weather and the calendar might not be on the same page. The question on everyone’s mind is: when will it actually feel like spring? Here’s what the 2022 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting based on our long-range weather formula.
2022 United States Spring Weather Forecast
Spring has a way of keeping us on our toes. While many of us will be looking forward to the end of winter, spring temperatures may take their time arriving. According to our long-range outlook, temperatures will be slow to warm. In fact, around the time of the vernal equinox unseasonably cold temperatures may be gripping many parts of the country.
As the spring season continues, an interesting dichotomy develops— the northern-tier states will see near-normal temperatures, while the southern tier will experience somewhat cooler-than-normal conditions.
The one exception to this is the Southwest, where warm-to-hot temperatures rule. Interestingly, we think the second half of May will be unseasonably cool across large parts of the nation. Many will likely refer to it as a “backward spring.”
Spring showers will be plentiful over the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest and South Central States. In these areas we are predicting a wetter than normal season. However, the opposite will hold true in the Northeast and Southwest – where we see a drier than normal conditions being the norm. The rest of the country should see close to normal springtime precipitation.
A major storm is anticipated for the final week of April over the Rockies and Plains. It will be a veritable “meteorological swizzle stick,” stirring up everything from snow, wind, rain, and severe thunderstorms, possibly even spawning a few tornadoes.
What will summer bring? Stay tuned or if you can’t wait, order a 2022 Farmers’ Almanac print or e-version today.
What About Hurricanes?
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 (although they can occur any time – and NOAA is discussing move the official start date earlier), with traditional peak activity on September 10. Are you hurricane ready?
Spring is Gardening Season
If you’re itching to start working the soil for your spring garden, don’t forget to check our Average Frost Dates chart so you know when the traditional threat of frost has passed before planting your seedlings.
Here are some helpful links:
- Starting seeds: If you haven’t started your seeds yet, here are some helpful tips to get started!
- No backyard to garden? Try container gardening! It’s easy to grow food in any space!
- Ever wonder why we Garden By the Moon? We explain.
- See which gardening tasks are best done today from our Gardening Calendar.
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.
2022 Canadian Spring Weather Forecast
Spring in Canada can be a trying season filled with slush, mud, and a surprise snowstorm or two. And this season promises to comply.
For spring 2022, our long-range weather outlook is calling for a slow warm up with a major late-season winter storm (yes, snow!) predicted for the final week of April, over the Rockies and Prairies. Overall though, spring should see near-normal temperatures with possibly the more northern areas experiencing warmer temperatures than the southern areas. Thus, the backward spring.
Drier-than-normal conditions are forecast for Quebec and the Maritimes. However Ontario, especially around the Great Lakes, is predicted to see a wetter-than-normal spring. The rest of the country should see close to normal springtime precipitation
Another threat of severe weather, this one more widespread, is forecast around the time of the June solstice, as a surge of very warm, humid, and unstable air triggers showers, violent thunderstorms and possibly even a twister or two across much of the central and eastern parts of the nation.
But no sooner will we make the astronomical transition to summer, the heat will turn on big time across much of the country as June winds down to a close.