Enjoy the last days of summer, because a wild ride ‘full of chills and thrills’ is apparently in store for the United States this winter.
Those living between the Rockies and the Appalachians better stock their winter wardrobes for the ‘bitterly cold winter conditions’ that Farmers’ Almanac predicts will affect these areas.
The publication said the upcoming winter will be ‘filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a “Polar Coaster”‘.
The coldest outbreak of the season will occur from the end of January through the beginning of February, according to the website.
‘Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,’ editor Peter Geiger said in a statement.
The outlook includes predictions of free-falling, frigid temperatures from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes.
The metropolitan areas running from Washington to Boston in the Northeast may also experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the winter.
Only the western third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures, the Almanac says.
The publication also believes it will be a snowy winter, with ‘above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes’.
The Pacific Northwest and Southwest won’t see more precipitation than usual.
‘With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet—especially along the coast,’ the Farmers’ Almanac predicts.
The outlet claims that 2020 will get off to a wild start in the eastern half of the country as ‘copious amounts’ of snow, rain, sleet and ice may fall between January 4 to 7 and January 12 to 15, along with ‘strong and gusty winds’.
Those who live northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes should ‘watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January’.
‘This system will cause temperatures to plummet and drag the coldest Arctic air across the rest of the country into the beginning of February.’
And bad news for winter haters – it’s looking like a late spring in 2020, with winter lingering across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England.
‘Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on for a ride that you may not be able to get off until April!’ the Almanac says.
The publication says it bases its long-range forecasts on a ‘mathematical and astronomical’ formula that ‘takes into consideration things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of other factors’.
It says the only person who knows ‘the exact formula is the weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee,’ whose true identity is kept a secret to protect the formula.
Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818 and provides long-range weather predictions for both the US and Canada.
The outlet says it correctly predicted last year that there would be heavy snowfall around February 7 on the Plains, South, Midwest, and Northeast.
‘In the aftermath, we found references that over a foot of snow fell in parts of New York and New England. Talk about “spot on!”’ it says on its website.