You might be eagerly waiting for the snowy days, full of holiday joy, or you might belong to those who prefer warmer temperatures.
However, regardless of your preferences, the 2018-2019 Farmer’s Almanac was recently published and it reports that the cold weather lovers will enjoy the following season. Apparently, we are going to have a white Christmas and a long snowy winter afterward. Therefore, make sure you are completely prepared for the low temperatures.
Namely, the Almanac maintains:
Our long-range forecasts can be used to make more informed decisions about future plans that depend on the weather, from vacations and weddings to sporting events and outdoor activities”.
These predictions are based on “30-year rolling averages gathered by government meteorological agencies, specifically NOAA and Environment Canada. The averages from 1981 to 2010 are the latest available data; these numbers are updated every 10 years.
It predicts weather changes, trends, and events comparing solar patterns and weather conditions throughout history with the current solar activity. Therefore, their research indicates that this winter will be “Colder-than-normal from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians”.
According to the editor Peter Geiger:
Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter. We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.
Furthermore, their official website claims:
“The Farmers’ Almanac, which bases its amazingly-accurate long-range forecast on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818, is also predicting above-normal precipitation (lots of snow!) for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England, with the majority of it falling in January and February.”
These predictions also indicate that the wintry conditions will delay the onset of spring until late in March.
During the middle of February, there is a possibility of blustery and bitter winds, as well as widespread snow showers, while the middle of March will be stormy, rainy, even snowy, with a good deal of gusty, strong winds.
Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south, with the snowiest periods in late November, late December, early and late January, mid- to late February, and early March. April and May will have temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south and will be slightly drier than normal.
In particular, we are red-flagging March 20–23 for a potent East Coast storm that could deliver a wide variety of wintry precipitation just as we are making the transition from winter to spring. So, no matter what the groundhog says in February, you’ll know winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Make sure you welcome this winter fully prepared!