WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox (aka spring equinox or vernal equinox) occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line, heading north. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. After this date, the Northern Hemisphere begins to be tilted more toward the Sun, resulting in increasing daylight hours and warming temperatures. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite: the March equinox marks the start of autumn, as the Southern Hemisphere begins to be tilted away from the Sun.)
Observe nature around you!
Are worms and grubs reappearing? (The March Full Moon is called the “Worm Moon” for this very reason!)
Watch the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
Are you noticing that the days are getting longer? Did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh? Enjoy our Bird Songs page.
Are the daffodils poking up their heads? Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach. See more of nature’s signs.
Can you feel the Sun getting stronger? The longer days bring high temperatures. Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
Are you getting itchy to get outdoors? March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the best planting dates according to your local frost dates or our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners guide for gardening tips!
Are you craving fresh foods after a long winter? A Spring Tonic, using the early greens of spring, may be just the thing you need! Also, find some new spring recipes using what’s fresh and seasonal!
→ What sort of weather will spring bring?
SPRING WEATHER FORECAST 2021: RAIN OR SHINE? FROST OR FLOWERS?
What weather does Spring 2021 have in store for us? Will it get warmer or cool off? Is rain on the way? Read on for seasonal weather predictions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac meteorologist Michael Steinberg.
THE ALMANAC’S SPRING WEATHER FORECAST
Spring officially begins, of course, with the spring equinox, which arrives on Saturday, March 20, at 5:37 A.M. Eastern Time. At this time, the Sun stands directly over Earth’s equator, and we can wake up knowing that we are inching ever closer to the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves dreaming of summer weather just yet. First, let’s talk about what to expect for spring.
WHAT WEATHER WILL SPRING BRING ACROSS THE UNITED STATES?
This spring, we’re expecting to see warmer-than-normal temperatures across much of the northern United States, from the Northeast through the Midwest and into the High Plains.
Warmer-than-normal temperatures are also predicted for parts of the Intermountain region, Desert Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii.
From the northern half of the Intermountain region to the Pacific coast, as well as across much of the southern U.S., we’re predicting that near-normal to cooler-than-normal temperatures are in store for the spring season.
Hopefully, by the time Easter arrives on April 4, we’ll have left wintery weather far behind us!
Rainfall will be above normal in the Northeast, Southeast, Florida, and eastern Great Lakes.
Also expect more rain than average from the High Plains into Oklahoma and Texas; and in the Desert Southwest and southern California.
Rain is predicted to be below or near normal elsewhere in the country.
Watch for a tropical storm threat in Florida in mid-May, too.
SPRINGTIME IN CANADA
In Canada, spring temperatures will be above normal from the Prairies northward into Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Elsewhere in the country, near to below-normal temperatures are expected.
Precipitation will be near to below normal in Atlantic Canada and the Prairies and near to above normal elsewhere.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR… SEEDS!
Good news! Warmer-than-normal spring temperatures in the North could mean an early start to the gardening season in many regions, while cooler-than-normal temperatures in the South could give gardeners a chance to get things growing before summer’s heat kicks in!
No matter where you are, be sure to consult our Planting Calendar for suggested seed-starting and planting dates in your area—and keep an eye out for frost!
So, are you feeling ready for spring? We sure are. For more weather forecasts and folklore, pick up a copy of the 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac!
Mike Steinberg is Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives at AccuWeather Inc in State College, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the National Weather Association and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox
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