As Summer winds down with a last minute warm spell, the Farmer’s Almanac is warning of below average temperatures for the coming winter.
The prognosticators offered their Almanac Annual Weather Summary for November 2013 to October 2014 with a single word: COLD.
According to the newest edition of North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, a decline in solar activity combined with ocean-atmosphere patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic will result in below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across much of the United States.
The official forecast: Winter will be colder than normal, with below-normal precipitation and snowfall in all but the northernmost part of the region. The coldest periods will occur in early to mid- and late December and in early to mid- and late February. The snowiest periods across the north will be in late December, mid- to late January, and in early to mid- and late February.
“This winter is shaping up to be a rough one,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season. The good news is that the extra precipitation—which will fall as rain or snow depending where you are—will help with any drought issues left over from the summer.”
April and May will be slightly rainier than normal, with above-normal temperatures, especially in the north.
Clarksville remains on the cusp of a “snowier than normal” forecast that cuts off at the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, which puts us on the brink of storms this winter.
The biggest discussion, though, concerns the Super Bowl, which may be a frigid and snowy game. The almanac also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.
It might be time to get your SmartWool socks, boots and winter parkas ready.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published in 1792 during the first term of George Washington, has always watched the weather. Their famous long-range weather forecasts are traditionally 80 percent–accurate.