The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Forecast is here

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – It’s that time of the year again: The 230th edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is out and you can dive into all that it offers.

Right off the bat, the color scheme indicates that it’s going to be a cold winter. Digest the graphic below, and then check out what the almanac has to say about the upcoming winter.

A SEASON OF SHIVERS BRRRR! THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC IS PREDICTING POSITIVELY BONECHILLING CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMING WINTER THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE U.S. OF COURSE, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE, BUT“MILD” OR “AVERAGE” TEMPERATURES DON’T NECESSARILY MEAN AN UNEVENTFUL WINTER! FIND OUT MORE BY CHECKING OUT OUR “CHILLING”FORECAST

THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC

It does look like The Old Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a cold winter for the majority of the United States, save for large areas of the West Coast and parts of Arizona and New Mexico, which may end up mild and dry.

In addition to the projections from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, there’s also the outlook from the Farmers’ Almanac — a separate publication with its own annual forecasts.

Let’s take a look at what the Farmers’ Almanac is going with for the upcoming winter outlook:

They are not that far off from each other. Here are a few highlights of the almanac projections:

  • The Central United States stretching from Canada to Texas could see well below normal temperatures for much of winter, with normal or slightly below normal projected along the East Coast. The Almanac does not predict a full repeat of the frigid chill that hit Texas and surrounding states early this year.
  • The West and Pacific Northwest will likely see a typical winter weather pattern, including some big storms, but it won’t be enough to turn around the drought plaguing those states.
  • The Almanac predicts many states will be hit with heavy precipitation in mid-January before milder conditions take over in February. March is expected to mirror the rest of the season, with periods of calm broken up by heavy storms.

The Climate Prediction Center’s three-month outlook or long-range forecast is not out at this time. They do have the three-month outlook displayed for the fall, which may bring in more rain to drought-plagued areas, including the Pacific Northwest.

A reminder that the autumnal equinox doesn’t arrive until Wednesday, Sept. 22., so there is still some time to enjoy what is left of summer and what will be of fall before we get to winter.

No matter where you look for your long-range outlook, it’s important to stay flexible and monitor the local forecast for the days ahead. Pinning down specific weather patterns can be very tricky when looking weeks and months into the future.

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