There are numerous winter weather forecast /predictions/outlooks for winter 2019 – 2020. But two of the most followed and read are the Old Farmers Almanac and the official forecast from The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center. The two have varying views on how winter 2020 will shape up. Old Farmers Almanac is calling for a cold and snowy winter for much of the United States. NOAA is calling for just about an equal chance of a mild winter vs. a harsh one.
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With feet of snow already blanketing Montana in a historic September snowstorm, it would not be surprising to see an abnormal winter for the United States. NOAA is forecasting/predicting ENSO neutral for winter 2019 / 2020. This will be the single most crucial factor when it comes to snowfall across North America this winter season. Significant snowfalls and historical weather events, including Atmospheric River events, are often driven by El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
Old Farmer’s Almanac 2019 – 2020 Winter Weather Forecast / Outlook / Prediction
The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac provides weather predictions for Alaska, Hawaii, and 16 regions across the continental U.S. While the Almanac’s prognosticators still use a formula created by founder Robert B. Thomas, the methodology has been refined and enhanced to include state-of-the-art technology and modern scientific calculations. The borders of the 16 weather regions in the contiguous United States are based primarily on topography and the movement of weather systems. The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac is warning that this winter, there’ll be no escape from shivers, snowflakes, and slush: “Snowy, icy, and icky” conditions, “wet and wild” periods, and “a parade of snowstorms” will transform the landscape.
NOAA 2019 – 2020 Winter Weather Forecast / Outlook / Prediction
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has released weather forecast/prediction maps for winter 2019/20. By this point in the year, NOAA typically starts making a forecast that informs people on what the approaching winter might have in store for them. NOAA is forecasting temperatures above average for all of the United States. However, this year, it looks as though NOAA is at a loss as to how much precipitation will fall over most of the United States over the 2019/20 winter.