Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we welcome spring 2023 on March 20 at 5:24 p.m. EDT, with the arrival of the spring equinox. However, the season and the weather may not be on the same page. The question on everyone’s mind is: when will it actually feel like spring? Here’s what Farmers’ Almanac 2023 is predicting based on our long-range weather formula.
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Spring 2023 Weather Forecast – United States
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, extending the “shiver and shovel” portion of our outlook. We are predicting a “soggy, shivery spring ahead.”
Overall, we see a wet and cool season for most places, with spring taking its sweet time to arrive. The exceptions will be in the Far West with near-normal temperatures over Washington, Oregon, and Idaho as well as the Southwest, where you’ll see quickly rising temperatures.
Snow will continue to be mentioned in early April for the Great Lakes. Spring will be unusually active over the nation’s heartland with frequent heavy-to-severe thunderstorms predicted. Such adverse activity will be confined chiefly to the Southeast States during March, then will spread north and west April through June.
Easter is on Sunday, April 9, 2023. 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 Farmers’ Almanac 2023 print or e-version today.
What About Hurricanes?
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 (although they can occur any time) with traditional peak activity on September 10. Are you hurricane ready?
The most frequent and devastating tornado events tend to occur in the region of the US colloquially referred to as “Tornado Alley.” This region generally runs from the Dakotas south to Texas; although, in 2023, we find this active zone shifting somewhat to the east and encompassing the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi River valleys.
View Hurricane Names for the 2023 Season.
If you would like more information about your location and specific date ranges for the season go here: Long-Range Weather Forecasts. If you want access to 12 months of weather forecasts, join us at The Farmhouse, our members-only eCommunity.
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: 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.
Spring 2023 Weather Forecast – Canada
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 2023, our long-range weather outlook is calling for a slow warm up with a very stormy April across the country. We are calling it a “turbulent transition to warmth.” Overall though, spring should see near-normal temperatures.
Drier-than-normal conditions are forecast for Quebec and the Maritimes. However Ontario, especially around the Great Lakes, is predicted to see a showery 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.
As we make the astronomical transition to summer, the heat will turn on bigtime across much of the country as June winds down to a close.
Check the day-to-day forecast for your Canadian zone now.
Join The Discussion
What are you looking forward to most about spring?
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Like the most for spring is to witness the trees and landscaping are rushing to grow with excitement.
I want to get my family started this year with gardening. My wife, our three boys and myself. What should I start with that would be an easy task in my back yard?
Start with soil preparation! Till your soil remove rocks and weed root clumps. I’d also recommend testing your soil! You can find kits online or your local co-op.
These are great tips for getting your soil ready for planting! Thank you for sharing!
Herbs and a salad garden are a great place to start! Herbs are very easy to grow and the fact that they have such a wide range of uses makes them fun! We hope you share your garden progress with us!
I’m in the South East zone 9b. Today was so perfect I kept getting the urge to start my garden. Tonight we’re tipping back to the 40s again though!
I’m excited about my garden too – although here in Maine we probably have three to four months left before we can go in ground. Planning for my garden is always fun too! Let us know what you plant when you get started this year!
I live in the Kansas region. I’m not wearing a winter coat, anymore, in March, no matter what, much less if there are a lot of cold weather in February.
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.
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. .. . . .
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…?♂️?♂️?♂️
Where does the Bible say that?
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.
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.
Hello! Just setting up the opportunity for discussions on the future…
Hi, I live in MN and have 10′ snow piles in my yard