The results are in. The people over at the Farmer’s Almanac has finally released their predictions for this 2017-2018 winter. Some people are gonna be more happy about this than others. I’m only going to be covering 2 states (Ohio and New Mexico) but I do have links to every states predictions. Scroll to the bottom of this post for those links.
First, let’s start with Ohio, the “Buckeye state”, my hometown. The past few winters have been super light comparatively. Ohioans are used to going to work in 3 feet of snow. Blistery weather conditions with winds up to 25mph. Hell, my mom used to leave our kitchen window cracked all winter long. She had a thing where there must be fresh air circulating through the house at all times (I inherited that little doozy from her). What I mean to say is that Ohioans are no stranger to difficult winters. Although, lately, you wouldn’t know it. The past 3-4 winters have been the mildest we’ve ever seen. Having said that, I just knew Ohio was finally due for a winter like in yesteryears. But what does the Farmer’s Almanac say?
“Ohioans just might be pleasantly surprised this winter if The Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions for the 2017 – 2018 winter season prove to be true. With lower than normal temperatures and the snowiest period beginning in early to mid-December, Ohioans could experience a winter season that gives us what we always long for—bearable temperatures and a white Christmas” says April Dray from OnlyInYourState.com
More specifically, I went over to the Farmer’s Almanac website to inquire about Ohio’s upcoming winter and they had this to say:
“Winter will be warmer than normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, early January, and mid-February. Snowfall will be above normal in Ohio and below normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in early to mid-December, late December, early January, and early February. April and May will be warmer and slightly drier than normal. Summer will be hotter and drier than normal. The hottest periods will be in early to mid- and late July and mid-August. September and October will be warmer than normal. Rainfall will be above normal in the west and below normal elsewhere.”
So, overall I’d say us Midwesterners we can expect a winter much like what we’ve been seeing in recent years with is a relatively mild winter. That’s GREAT NEWS for me since I drive atleast 20 minutes to and from work. I don’t have the ability to give up my Friday’s during this year like I had in the past. Right now I need every drop of money I can get. Provided this prediction is correct, I’m happy about the impending winter.
Now, let’s take a look at what’s happening in my momma’s town. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A place that, I frequently tell people, is far up in the mountains and is therefore not as hot as Albuquerque and so on. The weather in Santa Fe is very comparable to that of Midwest Ohio. They get snow and frigid temps just like Ohio does. But will that be the case this year? Here’s what the Farmer’s Almanac had to say about it:
“Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December and in late December and mid-January. Snowfall will be above normal in the east and near to below normal in the west, with the snowiest periods in late December, early and mid-January, and early February. April and May will be slightly rainier than normal, with temperatures below normal in the east and near normal in the west. Summer will be slightly hotter than normal, with the hottest periods in mid- and late June and early August. Rainfall will be below normal in the northwest and above normal in the southeast. September and October will be cooler and drier than normal.”
For my mom that means her weather will once again be much like mine. She’s not really all that concerned seeing as how she’s retired and the two places she does work are within 10 minutes of her condo (that lucky dog).
Don’t live in Ohio or New Mexico? If you want to see how your home is going to be affected this winter, take a peek at this map. For the entire Winter 2017-2018 prediction, order your own copy of The 2018 Old Farmers Almanac.