Expect cold and wet weather this winter, Farmers’ Almanac says

August 25, 2014 By    

For a glimpse at what’s in store weather-wise this winter, check out the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which hit bookshelves today. Then get ready for what may be a busy winter season.

The 198th edition contains weather forecasts for 16 months – September 2014 through December 2015 – and reveals temperatures will not be above normal for a prolonged period, no matter where you live.

“The winter of 2014-2015 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation, with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

A very cold outbreak will occur during the last week in January and continue into the beginning of February, it says. In addition, temperatures could drop to 40 degrees below zero in the Northern Plains.

“While we don’t think the winter will be as extreme as last year, we do believe that it’s going to be another one for the record books,” says Peter Geiger, editor of the publication that has been predicting the weather for almost 200 years.

The Farmers’ Almanac suggests the eastern third of the country will be stormy, with a lot of snow and rain, especially during the first 10 days of January and the first week in February near the Atlantic Coast. The outlook for the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest states and the Northern Plains includes near-normal precipitation. Not so for the Southwest states, the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, where precipitation is expected to be below-normal. The Central and Southern Plains will receive above-average precipitation, it predicts.

The 2015 Farmers’ Almanac provides a broad overview and map for the winter and summer seasons, as well as month-by-month zoned forecasts for the contiguous U.S. It also contains gardening advice, recipes, and more.

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