The long, hot summer is almost over, and pretty much everyone felt the heat this year. However, those of you dreaming of a cold, brisk winter are in luck. The Farmer's Almanac brings tidings of cold temperatures and heavier precipitation this winter.
The Almanac finally released their 2017 long-range predictions. Look out for the second half of January and the first half of February. These two months will be the coldest and wettest we have seen in awhile.
However, this year's predictions read like a tale of two regions. This serious winter warning takes aim at people living in the northeastern region of the U.S. The Almanac predicts that more snow and colder temperatures will hit the northern states in late winter.
Conversely, the middle and southern regions of the United States will receive below normal or normal snowfall. Additionally, warmer temperatures will descend on these regions in late December. So, don't pack away your shorts and sandals too soon. You'll probably have plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors the last half of 2016. And if you need a snow vacation, just head north.
Texas and Oklahoma are predicted to have a warmer winter than usual. The coldest temperature in the region are predicted for late December through mid-late January.
While meteorologists have frowned upon the Almanac, it still enjoys huge popularity. Robert B. Thomas created the Farmer's Almanac using a secret formula based on solar cycles, climatology, and meteorology. Most noteworthy, they still say they have an 80 percent accuracy rate. And, let's face it, every year a number of storms pop up that even the most accurate meteorologist didn't see coming.