“Cold Man Winter did seem to be on vacation last year thanks to a very strong El Nino, but this year hels back . . .”
— Editor Peter Geiger, Philom.
A couple of weeks ago, Farmers’ Almanac released their 2017 anniversary edition with its usual eclectic mix of weather, astronomy, humor, and everyday life hacks. What must of us outdoor folk can’t wait to get our hands on, however, is the much-anticipated winter weather forecast. Let’s just say if you live anywhere east of the Wasatch Range, you better stock up on those OutDry Ex Down jackets this fall as the Polar Vortex or whatever they will call it this year, is back.
Most well-known for its long-range weather predictions, the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac also contains a frigid forecast: “Return of the Ice Cold Winter” is how the Farmers’ Almanac describes the upcoming winter.
The Almanac, which bases its long-range forecasts on an almost 200 century-old formula, forewarns of a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the nation. The exceptionally cold conditions will be most prevalent over the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England states. The West however, seems to be spared any extreme cold this winter, with the Almanac predicting milder than normal conditions for many western states.
“February is the month to really be ready for cold conditions,” warns Editor Peter Geiger, Philom., “according to our long-range outlook, many places will see downright frigid temperatures this month, some as low as 40 degrees below zero!”
As far as snow, the Farmers’ Almanac does contain a forecast that should keep many skiers happy in the East. While we will have stormy weather here in the West, the milder temps mean the snow might not want to hang around. But we hope it sticks around long enough for us to enjoy the slopes.