Spring Weather Forecast: Backward Temperatures Ahead?!

What's in store for spring? Here's what we're forecasting for the US and Canada, plus important spring gardening info you need!

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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.”

Farmers' Almanac Spring Forecast for the US 2022

Spring Showers?

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.

Stormy April

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.

Farmers' Almanac spring forecast 2022.
Some April storms might give rise to tornadic activity over the Rockies and Plains.

Easter is on Sunday, April 17, 2022. Will the weather impact your Easter Sunday plans? Check the forecast for your zone here. 

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?

Read Hurricane Names for the 2022 Season

Spring is Gardening Season

Spring sunshine causes seedlings to grow in gardens.

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:

Favorite Spring Weather Lore

Spring meadow with green grass and white spider web.

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.

Canada Spring Weather Forecast 2022 from Farmers' Almanac.

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.

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


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I live in Vermont. We take a wait and see approach to the weather, year round. We love the snow and we welcome the rain as well as the sun because it takes all three to keep our mountains green.

Nicholette Lyman

Those leap year days sure do add up. It’s my belief that those days are accumulating and eventually will throw off every date for every season. Think about it: 100 years, 25 days added. .. . . .

Robert Nowlin

The leap days are added to correct the difference in our calendar of around 1/4 of a day per year. The traditional calendar is actually ahead of the earth’s orbit by 1/4 day every year, thus necessitating an additional day every 4 years. Without this additional day, the spring equinox would occur on average 1 day earlier every 4 years relative to our calendar.


I’m agreeing with the author of this post…true representation of winter spring and summer where I’m at are a month off and I’ve watched it change first hand…instead of spending money on all party bashing they do maybe our government could spend a little studying and rectifying this if it’s true….then on the other hand the Bible says during the last days you won’t be able to tell one season from the next…?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️

Deana Keith

I like very early morning showers not these storms that destroy .I love cool sunny days and evenings when the sun going down the heavens are portraying God’s colorful beautiful handy work here in the south.

Michelle McKenzieCRUISE


Patricia R.

I can’t stand how it’s been warmer than normal the past couple of years, and now when we finally have a year where it’s been somewhat closer to the normal with it being colder, people refer to that as being colder the normal temperature. I’m sorry but what wasn’t normal was these past few years…..that’s what’s not normal, it’s supposed to be cold trickling down colder through October, completely cold by November through February and then slowly getting warmer through March. That’s how it’s supposed to be, not warm in October and then having warm one day cold the next through November and December.


With all of the volcanic activity going on in the world today, more than any time in recorded history, at the same time, along with the seismic activity, we have more debris in the atmosphere that is NOT man-made affecting the weather conditions throughout the world, which causes everything that has happened in the last few years. All of this means that our planet is undergoing ‘birth pangs’ as it gets ready to do another axial polar shift, just as what happened to cause the Great Flood, 3,650 years ago. This is what is also affecting our weather, as we have been slowly shifting over the last 100+ years (since the beginning of the 20th century), and since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been accelerating so fast they had to close airports to repaint the runways with new designates because radar was affected by the shift happening, due to magnetic north shifting. Our planet is changing, and our weather is going to change as we are now going to be closer to the equator than we have been… which means hotter temperatures and more ‘rainforest’ type conditions.

Deano L.

Hello! Just setting up the opportunity for discussions on the future…

Shirley C. Laufenberg


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