Ready or not, spring is on the way! Wednesday, March 20, at 7:02 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.
So what’s in store for spring this year? The Farmers’ Almanac’s long range forecast is calling for wet and cool weather for much of the U.S., with frequent heavy-to-severe thunderstorms.
Along the East Coast, look for a couple of major coastal storms during late March, with high winds and heavy precipitation during Easter weekend, including the possibility of snowfall in the Northeast. Unsettled skies remain as March turns to April, with alternating periods of heavy thundershowers and pleasant sunshine throughout the rest of the season.
Expect a soggy spring in the Midwest and Great Lakes region, with mostly wet weather prevailing though mid-June.
In the Northern Plains, Rockies, and South Central states, the opening days of spring should be pleasant, followed by rain over Easter weekend. While the North Central region can expect many periods of pleasant and sunny weather, there will also be plenty of storm activity. In particular, we predict heavy downpours, damaging winds and hail for much of the region during second week of May. A few weeks later, in early June, we expect to see dangerous thunderstorms in the plains states, with the potential for tornadoes. During that same time period, the Gulf Coast could see some early tropical storm activity.
Along the West Coast, look for pleasant weather during the first week of spring, followed by wet, gust, changeable weather over Easter weekend. The remainder of spring will be wet, with many periods of wet squally weather. The season will end with a hot, dry period in early June.
Want more detailed predictions for your region? Don’t miss our long-range forecast!