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Spring is (Almost) Here! Don’t Miss Our Outlook!

Spring is (Almost) Here! Don’t Miss Our Outlook!

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!

29 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 05.17.12 at 12:52 pm }

Stephanie, You can always get up to four months of our forecasts, for free, here: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/

2 Stephanie G { 05.17.12 at 12:25 pm }

Can you tell if it might rain on June 2 2012 in Holden La? Thinking of planning a garage sale…

3 amandatb85 { 04.16.12 at 6:00 am }

Is this summer going to be a highly active year for tornadoes in southeastern Wisconsin?

4 tornadojustin { 03.06.12 at 10:26 pm }

Im hoping for thunderstorms in southwestern Wisconsin any time between the 7th and 15th.We are doing a experiment about lightning.

5 Jaime McLeod { 02.21.12 at 8:48 am }

Debbie,
You can always see up to four months of our weather forecasts with a free membership: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/

6 Debbie { 02.20.12 at 7:15 pm }

Planning an outdoors wedding reception on June 2,2012 zip code 32501 …what weather is predicted?

7 Jaime McLeod { 12.07.11 at 8:50 am }

Robert, What is your location?

8 Robert { 12.06.11 at 12:21 pm }

I’m planning on getting married on April 29th, 2012. It’s going to be an outside wedding. What is the weather looking like for that time of year?

9 jerome lynch { 04.28.11 at 4:00 pm }

i am planing my grandson first birthday party for sunday may 29 2011 and i wanted to cook out side and i want to know the weather for that weekend

10 Jaime McLeod { 04.13.11 at 11:36 am }

We’ll be posting our summer outlook next week. Watch our homepage.

11 Sekmet { 04.12.11 at 12:44 pm }

Peace! Is there a temperature forecast for this summer? The long range forecast for region 1 only stated the weather conditions. Thank you!

12 Sandi Duncan { 04.11.11 at 1:36 pm }

Congratulations! You can easily see what we are predicting in your region by going to our weather page and looking it up. http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/ Best of luck

13 Amy { 04.11.11 at 12:58 pm }

I am getting married April 23, 2011. Any idea what the weather will be like that day? It is an outside wedding.

14 Jaime McLeod { 04.05.11 at 3:03 pm }

Looks like we’re calling for it to be “Pleasant.”

15 midgetjil { 04.05.11 at 2:35 pm }

I’m getting married September 3rd, in Lake Barrington, IL this year. Any idea on what the weather will be like that day? Wedding will be taking place outside at 6 pm. Hope its not rainy or too cold.

16 Jaime McLeod { 04.05.11 at 9:43 am }

Hi Nichole,
Check out our long-range forecast for your area.

17 nichole { 04.04.11 at 12:25 am }

hi. i’m getting married on april 16th and i was wondering what the weather looks like for that day?? please no rain!

18 Sandi Duncan { 03.29.11 at 12:13 pm }

Hi you can look up our forecast for that day here – good luck! Hope is dry and warm and congratulations.
http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/

19 nananina { 03.29.11 at 12:05 pm }

Our daughter is getting married May 27th and we are having some guests stay over the weekend -we are planning some outdoor activities – will we have rain?

20 admin { 03.22.11 at 11:52 am }

Here’s our long-range forecast page. Hope this helps!

21 cmypain { 03.22.11 at 11:24 am }

i am getting married june 11th and we are shooting for an outside ceremony. i was told to look at farmers almanac for their predictions for that day but i cant seem to find where to look. can anyone help me out please?

22 Prince Avalanche { 03.21.11 at 2:50 pm }

I live in North Georgia and I’m wanting to plant a garden. Will it be warm enough to plant a garden?

23 Leanne { 03.18.11 at 4:02 pm }

Well, looks like we’re still expecting a big snowstorm in a couple of weeks. I hope that it remains cold enough for my fruit trees to not bloom. Already our daffodils are in bloom and my lilac tree just leafed out.
I do hope that the storm happens though. One more good snowstorm would be fun!

24 admin { 03.17.11 at 11:05 pm }

Hi Tina,

While we might be able to give you some sense of the weather to come, the issue of having the ground “right” for pouring a foundation also has a lot to do with soil type and drainage of the property. We’re going to have to yield to your builder on this. Sorry we don’t have more information for you.

25 Tina { 03.17.11 at 10:25 pm }

We have been waiting since January to break ground on our new home. I realize you are not God, but could you help keep us from pulling out our hair and give us an idea when the rain will cease enough that the ground can dry out in order to be able to excavate and then actually possibily if it isn’t too much to ask, be able to pour a foundation. Greatly appreciate your response. We are located in Missouri. Thanks so Much!!

26 admin { 03.16.11 at 3:13 pm }

Hi Joy:

Please see the following page: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/southeast-us/

Hope this helps!

27 Joy { 03.16.11 at 2:44 pm }

How about the 23rd of April? My daughter is getting married on a farm in middle Tennessee that day. She is hoping for outside but has the option of moving things into the beautiful barn on site. We are praying for sunshine. How hard should we pray? HA!

28 Jaime McLeod { 03.14.11 at 1:08 pm }

Hi Amy,
You can always check out our long-range weather forecast for up to four months of free weather predictions.

Looks like both weekends will be chilly and unsettled, but we don’t mention any major storms for either.

29 Amy { 03.14.11 at 12:45 pm }

We live in southern Indiana, and trying to plan a sweet 16 birthday party, We want to have a cook out and let the teens toss football, play frizbee, corn hole, etc. what Saturday in April would be best? the 9th or 16th??? we were shooting for the 9th!

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