For much of North America, this winter has been a long and brutal one, with bitterly cold temperatures and record snowfall battering the Eastern half of the continent since December. In many areas, it’s seemed like the aftermath from one storm would scarcely be cleaned up before another storm came barreling through.
If you’re a sun-worshipper, the news that spring is on the way — this year, the vernal equinox occurs on March 20 at 7:21 p.m., Eastern Time — couldn’t be more welcome. But will the coming season bring the sunlight so many crave, or will it be a cold, wet, squally spring? The Farmers’ Almanac has the answer!
As winter turns to spring, we expect showery conditions to prevail in most regions, with unsettled conditions in many areas during the first days of the season. Central states and provinces will see some sunshine on the first day of spring, giving way to clouds later in the week.
Toward the end of March, wet, squally conditions will predominate throughout the country, with the threat of late season blizzards in the Rockies and prairies, and possible snow in New England. The Canadian maritimes should see fair conditions through the end of March.
April will bring unsettled weather to most areas, with severe thunderstorms toward the middle of the month. Stormy weather will continue to pound the Eastern half of the continent through the end of April, while sunnier skies begin to appear on the West Coast.
As spring deepens, the opening days of May should be clear and pleasant in most regions, though the East Coast will see some scattered showers, followed by fairer skies. Thunderstorms will alternate with clear skies for the rest of the month, and showery weather may linger over Pimlico for the Preakness.
Canadians can expect clear weather over Victoria Day weekend in all areas except Quebec and the Maritimes, where conditions will be more variable. In the U.S., we’re calling for a fair and pleasant Memorial Day weekend on the western half of the country, with showery condition for the East Coast and Great Lakes regions.
May should be pleasant overall, though June is expected to bring heavier-than-normal thunderstorm activity, especially over the East Coast and portions of the Rocky Mountains.
This could trigger a particularly active tornado season in the Midwest during early June. Then, before you know it, it’ll be time for summer!
Want a more detailed forecast for your region? Be sure to visit the Farmers’ Almanac long-range forecast!