Spring is just around the corner, but you probably wouldn't know it by stepping outside. Between polar vortexes, bomb cyclones, and nor'easters, it seems like this has been the longest winter ever. Even though spring officially starts on March 20, that doesn't mean we shouldn't necessarily expect cherry blossoms to start blooming that day. According to the Farmer's Almanac, it sounds like we're going to have to wait a little bit longer for it to truly feel like the season has arrived.
First, the bad news: It sounds like many regions of the United States will see "cooler-than-normal" temperatures and rain at the beginning of spring. Many regions in the Northeast, Midwest, and the Plains alike can all expect plenty of showers to kick off the season. While rain itself isn't out of the ordinary for spring, pairing that with colder-than-usual temps is not our idea of a good time. Even the South, which can expect to see a little more sunshine than folks farther up north, might need to brace for some thunderstorms here and there.
But there's good news, too: The cool temperatures are expected to lead to a sunny and mild or sunny and warm end to the season in many areas. This means that several people will have a much easier transition into the summer season, because the weather will slowly get warmer, rather than getting super hot all at once. (We can only hope this transition begins sooner rather than later!)
We know the awful weather outside might be discouraging right now, but sunshine will come our way eventually. And even when it's raining and storming, remember: April showers bring May flowers!
When it finally does start to feel like spring, here are some great tricks to make your flowers last longer: