The cold, the dry, the wet, and the wild! The Winter Weather Outlook just dropped for the 2017-1018 season and just like Marty McFly and the sports almanac, the formula for prediction is a closely protected secret. We are just stoked that they share the results and give us one more excuse to ponder and plan for the upcoming season!
Farmers’ Almanac Winter Weather Forecast & Predictions 2017 – 2018
From the Farmers’ Almanac:
Cold conditions are back! According to the Farmers' Almanac's 200-year-old formula, this winter is expected to be a bit more "normal" as far as the temperatures are concerned, especially in the eastern and central parts of the country–chiefly those areas to the east of the Rocky Mountains–with many locations experiencing above-normal precipitation.
For the western third of the country—mainly those areas west of the Continental Divide—the overall winter will not be as wet as last year. Our forecasts are pointing to a return to more normal winter conditions in regard to both temperatures and precipitation. This is not to say that there won't be occasional bouts of heavy precipitation sweeping in from the Pacific, or shots of cold air pushing south through western Canada (because what's winter without those?), but these should be balanced out by spells of dry and mild weather.
Break out the space heaters, umbrellas, and warm socks, because the Southeast will see below normal winter temperatures with an unseasonable chill reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast, with above-average precipitation.
From the Great Lakes into the Northeast, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected. We can hear the skiers, boarders, and snowmobilers cheering from here! Of particular note, for those readers rooting for shovels, we are red-flagging the 2018 dates of January 20-23, February 4-7 & 16-19, and March 1-3 & 20-23 along the Atlantic Seaboard for some heavy precipitation. Good news for skiers and snow enthusiasts, but for those looking to build sandcastles, not-so-good news, but a good time to book that tropical getaway.
And for parts of the western Great Lakes, eastern Great Plains, and points south, including Arklatexoma (where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma abut), be prepared for wide swings in the weather pendulum, from very warm to very cold, and periods of tranquil conditions mixed with occasional spells of tempestuous weather.
And if you want the full report, check out Farmers’ Almanac here!