Farmers Almanac 2017 – 2018 Winter Weather
Prediction / Outlook / Forecast
The Farmers Almanac has released their official predictions / forecast / outlook for the 2017 – 2018 winter season. Depending where in the United States you live you could be in for a cold and snowy winter or a mild winter with average to below average precipitation and snowfall.
The Farmers Almanac will give you an idea of the winter weather you may see this December, January, February and March. The Almanac uses an secret formula for weather information as well as signs from nature to make their weather prediction.
Farmers Almanac Official 2018 Winter Weather Prediction
For the western third of the country—mainly those areas west of the Continental Divide—the overall winter will not be as wet as last year. Our forecasts are pointing to a return to more normal winter conditions in regard to both temperatures and precipitation. This is not to say that there won’t be occasional bouts of heavy precipitation sweeping in from the Pacific, or shots of cold air pushing south through western Canada (because what’s winter without those?), but these should be balanced out by spells of dry and mild weather.
Break out the space heaters, umbrellas, and warm socks, because the Southeast will see below normal winter temperatures with an unseasonable chill reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast, with above-average precipitation.
“One of the key components in our formula is the Moon and its motions. The Moon has a proven influence on the tides, and it is our belief that it may have effects on our atmosphere as well. Ocean tides can be accurately predicted, so part of our formula relies on the belief that we can line up certain weather patterns with a specific position of the Moon in its orbit … ”– Caleb Weatherbee, Official Almanac Weather Prognosticator
Of particular note, for those readers rooting for shovels, we are red-flagging the 2018 dates of January 20-23, February 4-7 & 16-19, and March 1-3 & 20-23 along the Atlantic Seaboard for some heavy precipitation. Good news for skiers and snow enthusiasts, but for those looking to build sandcastles, not-so-good news, but a good time to book that tropical getaway.
And for parts of the western Great Lakes, eastern Great Plains, and points south, including Arklatexoma(where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma abut), be prepared for wide swings in the weather pendulum, from very warm to very cold, and periods of tranquil conditions mixed with occasional spells of tempestuous weather.
Learn more about our weather formula in the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac »