How will our winter turn out? Farmer's Almanac has some answers

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2019

The Old Farmer's Almanac today predicted a warmer-than-normal winter for Upstate New York.

Oregonians East of the Cascades can expect winter temperatures to be below average with the coldest periods from mid December to the first half of February.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's official winter seasonal outlook will be released in October. While we have incredible technology to help forecast the weather, there is one book that has been tried and true since 1818 - The Farmer's Almanac.

Where should I see these frigid temperatures?

If you're hoping for an easy winter this year, be warned-the 2020 Farmer's Almanac says we're in for a "polar coaster" of weather.

Image courtesy of the Farmers' Almanac.

As we all know, weather predictions certainly aren't always accurate, so we'll just have to wait and see what this winter brings-though each almanac does boast about an 80 percent accuracy rate.

"With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet-especially along the coast", the long range forecaster suggests.

The coldest temperatures are expected in late January, which will likely affect millions of people living in the northern plains all the way to the Great Lakes. For instance, for the winter of 2017 to 2018 the almanac predicted the season would prove "not as harsh as usual", but the US faced brutal cold with rounds of heavy snow. However, until then, expect a cool start to spring.

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