With autumn now officially underway as of this past Saturday, long range winter forecasts for the 2012-2013 season will continue to grab headlines. Earlier this summer, AccuWeather.com released a first look at their official winter forecast calling for an end to the snow drought of 2011 for the Interstate 95 corridor, a bold prediction that surely holds on the development of an El Nino into the winter months.
As the summer came to a close, both issues of the Farmers’ Almanac quietly issued their winter forecasts for the upcoming season, both calling for a return to winter for some in the nation, but not all, into 2013.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for temperatures to be much colder this winter for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. In the western United States, they expect just the contrary with warmer than average temperatures, much warmer than last winter. Snowfall is forecast to be above normal near the Great Salt Lake in Utah and in a corridor from El Paso, Texas to Detroit and Virginia Beach. All other locations that typically receive snow are expected to be below normal. Some good news in their forecast is that areas that have been experiencing extreme drought conditions should see some relief this winter.
The other edition of the Farmers’ Almanac says that the great debate of whether or not Old Man Winter will return with a vengeance is on, especially after one of the warmest winters on record for many in 2011. Their forecast calls for a return to winter for some, but not all, as the season is expected to be a “winter of contraries” in which the country will be cut in half. They expect that the eastern half of the country will see plenty of cold and snow, while the western states will be relatively warm and dry. More specifically, they expect that a corridor from the Great Lakes to the northeastern states will see snowier than normal conditions and cooler temperatures, potentially as far south as the Gulf coast states. They go even further to pinpoint February 12-15 and March 20-23 as potential dates for major east coast snow events. On the other side of the nation, much of the west coast is forecast to see mild temperatures and below normal precipitation. This edition of the Farmers’ Almanac also calls for drought relief through much of the middle of the nation with an average amount of winter precipitation expected.
So what do you think the upcoming winter season holds for your neighborhood? Sound off below in the comments section!
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