Now that we’ve made it through January, it might seem like spring should be right around the corner. And while the season officially begins on March 20, it may take some time before the weather catches up to the calendar—at least according to the latest predictions from the Farmers’ Almanac. Here’s what to know.
What to expect from the weather in spring 2023
Those hoping for temperatures to warm up soon will have to wait a bit for that to happen, as the Farmers’ Almanac predicts unseasonably cold weather for much of the country, along with plenty of precipitation—or what they’re referring to as the “soggy, shivery spring ahead.”
If you’re truly over winter, your best bet is to head west; specifically, the southwest, where temperatures will rise quickly. The other exception is Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, which should see near-normal spring temperatures.
What about the rest of the country? The Farmers’ Almanac forecasts frequent heavy-to-severe thunderstorms in “the nation’s heartland,” as well as southeast states, beginning in March and continuing through June. The states surrounding the Great Lakes, however, should be prepared to see snow in the forecast through at least early April.
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Spring 2023 gardening forecast
As always, spring is an important time of year for your garden, and this year is no exception.
The key to springtime success, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, is to hold off on planting any seedlings until the threat of frost has passed. This chart lists the average frost dates for cities and states around the country, but be sure to base your decision on the weather conditions as well.
Those new to gardening may want to check out the Farmers’ Almanac planting calendar, which provides guidelines for which tasks need to be completed at different points throughout the spring.