Even though it seems like winter never really got started in many areas, spring is just a few weeks away. Tuesday, March 20, at 1:14 a.m., is the Vernal Equinox, the moment when the Sun crosses the Equator and those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere begin to see more daylight than darkness. This day marks the official start of spring.
Due to the unusual winter we’ve seen throughout much of the U.S. and Canada, many of you have written or commented wondering what the implications for spring and summer are. Some fear that this winter’s warm spell will mean extreme heat for the rest of the year, while others worry that the cold, wet weather we missed will come back to slap us later. Now you can put all of that speculation to rest; we’ve got the answer!
The opening days of spring should be relatively fair and mild, though chilly, throughout much of North America, with the exception of snow showers over the Great Lakes region and Ontario and thunderstorms in the Maritime provinces. As March comes to a close, expect thunderstorms predominate in much of the U.S. and Canada.
Stormy skies will continue into early April for Eastern states and provinces, while the west will experience more pleasant conditions. Easter weekend should be wet in the East. Western locales should escape Easter rain, but will see some precipitation later that week. Overall, April promises to be a wet month, with plenty of showers to nourish those May flowers. Look for intermittent days of sunny skies bracketed by plenty of rain.
Moving into May, we’re forecasting more of the same. We expect to see a pretty active tornado season in the Midwest throughout the latter half of the season. Look for fair skies, with a few clouds, over Memorial Day weekend. Most areas should have reasonably nice cookout weather.
The opening weeks of June will bring more potent thunderstorms — and potential tornado activity for those areas that are prone to them. Despite the abundance of rain, though, there should be plenty of warm, sunny weather, too.
Overall, we expect spring to be relatively pleasant, if wet. It is spring, after all!
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