Almanac predicts another harsh winter
FINGER LAKES--According to the 2015-16 Farmer's Almanac, the northeast will have another winter of cold temperatures and increased snowfall. The almanac predicts most of the north central states, the Great Lakes, New England and parts of the Ohio Valley will have "snowier-than-normal conditions" in its forecast. It states over the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, the winter will be stormy with a good amount of snow, "red-flagging" the second week of January and the second week of February for possible heavy winter weather with a long, drawn out spell of stormy weather extending through much of the first half of March.
"It's like winter déjà vu," Farmer's Almanac Editor Peter Geiger said. "Last year our bitterly cold, shivery forecasts came true in many states including the 23 eastern states that experienced one of their top-10 coldest Februarys on record. This year many of these same states may want to get a jump start now and stock up on lots of winter survival gear: sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood."
The almanac states an active storm track will bring above-normal precipitation along the Atlantic Seaboard, the southeast states, as well as the Mississippi Valley, Southern Great Plains and the Gulf Coast.
"Much of the central United States will see near-normal winter temperatures. This includes the western and central Great Lakes, the upper peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and most of the Great Plains," according to the almanac. "Texas and the other South Central States will see a cool to cold winter, but nothing too extreme. Farther west, over the Rockies, the Colorado Plateau, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest States, milder than normal temperatures are expected."
However, Samantha Borisoff with the Northeast Regional Climate Center said there aren't strong climate signals indicating one climate trend over another.
"The Climate Prediction Center is calling for equal chances of below-, near- or above-normal temperatures and precipitation for December through February," Borisoff said.