The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its competitor, The Farmers’ Almanac, recently released their respective 2016-17 winter weather outlooks. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been issuing weather forecasts for 225 years and The Farmer’s Almanac has been published for 198 years.
Both publications issue a stern warning for most of the U.S.: Winter is coming, and will be brutal as ever, predicting a cold winter for the East, with the harsh cold beginning later in the winter. The Farmers’ Almanac says winter will start early in November in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Midwest.
“It’s really February when the frigid temperatures take hold (northern tier states could see ambient air temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero!),” says The Farmers’ Almanac news release. “An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast, and New England states throughout most of the winter, especially February.”
Its competitor, The Old Farmer’s Almanac says much of the same, including predicting more snow than this past winter.
“Snowfall will be above normal from southern New England and western New York southward through the Appalachians, but not in northern New England,” says a news release from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Snowfall will also be above what’s typical from eastern Minnesota to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and southward to St. Louis; and from central North Dakota westward to the Pacific.”
The Old Farmer’s Almanac also predicts higher rainfall for Norther California, southern Oregon, the Lower Lakes region, and Florida. Lower precipitation is expected in Southern California, the publication also predicts.