When is spring? What to know when it starts and if we’ll get an early spring


Are you tired of the gray cold of winter?

Since groundhog weather forecasters Buckeye Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil are predicting early spring on Friday, you may be counting down the days toward warmer weather. This may be on the horizon.

Here’s what to know about spring and what forecasters are saying about the weather:

When is spring?

The first official day of spring is Tuesday, March 19 Old Farmer’s Almanac. The first day of spring falls on the vernal equinox, or when the northern and southern hemispheres receive the same amount of light.

Wait, I thought spring started on March 21st

The last vernal equinox on March 21 was actually 2007, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. This is because the date of the equinox has fallen earlier and earlier each year on the 400-year cycle of the Gregorian calendar.

Will February be warm in Ohio?

As a boon to groundhog credibility, expect a warm February across Ohio and the Midwest. Temperatures across the entire state of Ohio are expected to be above average in February, according to National Weather Service climate forecasts.

We also expect below average precipitation in Ohio in February, according to NWS forecasts.



This article originally appeared on the Columbus Dispatch: When is spring? Will it come early this year?

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