The Old Farmer’s Almanac has continued its tradition of predicting the winter across the United States with its Mid-Atlantic forecast being particularly cold.
The especially cold, snowy winter is a change from the usually milder and more wet forecast the Eastern Shore usually receives. But that continues the trend across the nation of unusual winters in areas not usually prone to severe weather.
“This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years,” said Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For 230 years, the Almanac has helped readers to prepare for winter’s worst with its 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts.
According to forecast details, the extreme cold of the coming winter will also bring lots of snow. This extreme wintry mix is expected in areas of New England as well as throughout the Ohio Valley.
Past winter forecasts
In 2020, the almanac predicted quite a different scenario marked with warmer than usual temperatures with the Mid-Atlantic seeing mainly sleet.
The National Weather Service later corroborated the forecast saying there was a 40% to 50% chance of warner than usual temperatures. It also seems period bouts with sleet storms were also accurate for the region.
“The remainder of the U.S., including the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, falls into the category of equal chances for below-, near- or above-average precipitation,” the National Weather Service said in the winter overview.
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The almanac predicted a mild and wet 2019 winter with rain being the main main culprit in terms of precipitation. Nationwide, snow flurries were not as prevalent with few major snowstorms predicted.
That was in lock step to annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association winter overview.
“It will be wetter-than-average conditions most likely in Alaska and Hawaii this winter, along with portions of the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast,” NOAA reported.
The 2018 forecast was similar with cold temperatures becoming even pleasant in some areas of the the Mid-Atlantic.
According to the 2018 almanac, “precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast.”
The National Weather Service reported wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the U.S., and up into the Mid-Atlantic. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation this winter.
Mild winter temperatures held steady for much of the region as well.