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Step Into Spring! Get Our Seasonal Outlook!

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.

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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!

Want more detailed predictions for your region? Don’t miss our long-range forecast!

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1 Brenda { 04.07.12 at 12:20 pm }

I think Virginia had more of a winter than everyone else. In February the farmers almanac predicted a big snow storm for the mid atlantic and northeast but it looks like we had the most of that one. We had 10 inches of snow total from that storm. Temps here have stayed colder than normal through much of the month. Then we had another snow in early March that gave us about an inch or 2. plus a minor snow in January but it was still a warm winter but February put us back a few degrees on our average

2 victoriac { 03.22.12 at 6:32 pm }

i live in va bch va that boarders with the outer banks should i use there zone instead of 1 zone we have very warm wheather here even williamsburg gets snow not us. it can be 50 there and 65 here.

3 Melissa { 03.21.12 at 10:10 pm }

I’m liking the spring outlook! As you have probably heard a million times before this wasent much of a winter. I dont think anyone knew the jet stream would act the way it did.. but my daughter is getting married in Evington, Virginia on December 15, 2012 and maybe if this December is anything like last one then we can have an outdoor wedding! It should be cold but I dont know what to expect in winter anymore. Is there anyway I could get the forecast for just that day? it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Melissa

4 Ellen { 03.12.12 at 6:10 pm }

Im pretty sure this winter has gotten alot of people worried about what the spring and summer will bring. Im actually worried we might have another year without a summer! a wet, cool and miserable summer and i dont want that. Bring on the 100 degree days! I want another hot summer. Next winter will hopefully be colder. A mild winter here and there is fine but i love my winter cold and snowy days

5 Jaime McLeod { 03.12.12 at 2:08 pm }

Hi Denise,
We only publish one year at a time. You can order a three year subscription here:

Just pick the years you want: 2012-14 or 2013-15.

Or, if you prefer, you can call our order desk at 1-888-222-4276.

6 Denise { 03.10.12 at 8:40 pm }

or can i purchase the 2012-14 almanac at a local bookstore? it would be very nice to be covered until 2014!

7 Denise { 03.10.12 at 8:30 pm }

I was just scrolling through on how to purchace the 3 year outlook of the farmers almanac (12,13,14) Can you give me some kore details on how to order one online? i think its 16.99 for 1 of the 3 year outlook. Any more details would be very helpful!

8 mountiangirl { 03.10.12 at 5:46 pm }

i’m happy to hear we will be having decent spring weather as we didn’t have much of a winter here as i’m on the Mass-Vermont border.

9 Jaime McLeod { 03.08.12 at 11:40 am }

Sorry Aaron, We won’t be releasing our predictions for next winter until August (though you can get a peek at December if you pick up a 2012 Almanac or read our forecast in our weather-only ebook).

10 Aaron { 03.07.12 at 10:09 pm }

Well im glad to hear this spring will be pleasant. Im definitely a fan of spring weather but we didnt have much of a winter this year.. which is depressing. We only had 10 inches of snow in VA the whole season. Lets hope next winter will be more winter like! I know this sounds a bit long term but is the farmers almanac calling for more snow next winter than this past winter?

11 Marty { 03.07.12 at 9:36 pm }

Eden, WI has been blessed this winter I Didn’t miss any work day’s so far due to the roads.
Right now today we got up to the high of 58 or so & sunny & over cast at times but Very windy! I’m very thankful not to be in those states that were hit so hard and now without homes or had loss of lives! No! I won’t complain about the weather here! I count my blessings!

12 donna { 03.07.12 at 3:05 pm }

i enjoy reading the farmers almanac where i live we had a mild winter which was great good for transportation now i’m looking forward to a springier spring and a cool summer
thank you donna

13 Terisa { 03.07.12 at 1:51 pm }

PS we are here in Elko NV

14 Terisa { 03.07.12 at 1:51 pm }

we have had a Mild Winter. and are below our snow amounts. sure hope that doesn’t bring drought & fires.

15 margaret ann { 03.07.12 at 9:33 am }

kansas has had no real snow, does this mean a hot forecast for summer, well besides no what we usually get?

16 tornadojustin { 03.06.12 at 10:21 pm }

I have been looking at other websites and they say possible severe weather for the upper midwest (La crosse, WI, Des Moines, IOWA ect.Should I believe these predictions?Still planning to take a trip there.I have never seen hail so I it would be cool if that would be true.


17 Jaime McLeod { 03.06.12 at 9:07 am }

yoverizon, You can see our forecast here:

18 yoverizon { 03.05.12 at 4:45 pm }

So March has definitely came in like a lion, we had a little bit of snow today. I have a question about March. Is March forecasted to be pleasant across the mid-atlantic? We are planning to go camping in about 3 weeks and since it will be spring will it feel like spring. Any information regarding temperatures? Thank you 🙂

19 { 03.05.12 at 6:47 am }

they said more prone areas for who the great lakes missing out on the forecast for the great lakes just the midwest spring outlook get real.

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