For many people, the Farmer’s Almanac is an insight into the future. This publication provides a winter weather forecast that is not only accurate, but has been time-tested over 200 years (originating in 1792).
This almanac talks about planting charts, astronomical data and, of course, weather forecasts. If you want insight into what the winter will look like in 2016, the Farmer’s Almanac can be a fascinating and fun insight.
What will this winter have in store for us according to the 2016 Farmer’s Almanac?
Freezing Temperatures Are Sporadic
Freezing temperatures will be especially pronounced in the following areas:
- Atlantic seaboard
- Ohio Valley
- Southwestern states
- Pacific Northwest
- Great Lakes
And the Northern Plains, Pacific Northwest, Ohio Valley and Northwest should brace for a lot of snow this coming winter. With winter is slow coming, the almanac suggests that there won’t be as many snowflakes this year as seen in 2015, but there will still be major snowstorms with “super cold” weather coming later in the season.
Regional breakdowns are given, so that readers know what to expect in their area of the country.
- Northeast: Near normal precipitation and below normal snowfall is expected. The coldest periods will begin in mid-to-late December and end in late February. Snowfall will be its heaviest in mid-to-late December, and in early mid-March. April and May will be warmer and wetter, and drier than normal.
- Intermountain: The Intermountain region will have winter temperatures that are above normal, and below normal snowfall. The coldest periods will occur between late December and mid-to-late February. The snowiest periods will begin mid-February and run until mid-March in the south.
- Utah: Again, winter temperatures will be above normal with below normal snowfall. Late December and mid-to-late February be the coldest months for the northern portion of the dysyr, while mid-December will be the coldest for the South. Snowiest periods will be mid-February and early-to-mid March as well as early December. Expect April and May to be slightly drier.
- PNW: precipitation in Washington and Oregon will be below average, and Northern California can expect near normal precipitation. Late December and mid-to-late January will be the snowiest periods for PNW.
While less snowfall will occur, according to the Almanac, temperatures are going to plummet in the coming weeks. With less overall precipitation, snowfall will be less, but the almanac suggests that there may be a few major snowstorms on the horizon this year as unusually cold weather hits later on in the season.
We’re already seeing that early winter is milder than in the past, and much of this has to do with the El Niño being one of the strongest on record.
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