For some, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792, is the only “weatherman” that matters. Whether you read it or not, over 224 years of weather-predicting experience makes it a reliable source for long-term planning. Since Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer, we decided to consult the Almanac to see what’s in store for fall and beyond.
Throughout the United States, expect temperatures to be much colder than last year, but still above normal. That means mid-weight jackets, flannels and other layering accessories will be key for the remainder of the year and into 2017. This is especially true for those working outdoors.
However, if you live in the north or northeast, you’ll want to have the winter gear, snow shovels and hot cocoa ready; the Almanac predicts above-average snowfall for your region this year. Areas expected to be hit hardest include southern New England and western New York southwestward through the Appalachians. Also impacted will be Eastern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The kids may enjoy the snow days, but digging out after a major snowfall can be hard work. Whether it’s for work or play, your winter gear should not only be warm, but also waterproof.
For those in the Midwest, umbrellas, rain boots and other waterproof gear will become a staple of your wardrobe. Above normal rainfall is predicted for late September and most of October. The Almanac also forecasts that this region will get a late start to winter, with the coldest, snowiest periods arriving around late January through early February. As any Midwestern will tell you though, it never hurts to have that winter jacket on standby you never know what the weather will be from one day to the next!
In the northwest, cold-weather rain gear will be the flavor of the season, as below normal temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions are expected. The northern-most portions of the region are also expected to receive above normal snowfall from around early December to mid-January.
Unfortunately, the drought will continue in most of California, though December is expected to see slightly-above-normal precipitation. Many of the southwestern and southeastern states will receive below average precipitation too, in addition to mild winter weather. Warmer, drier winters will make layering with mid-weight clothing a necessity this fall and winter. Your normal winter jacket may be just a little too thick this year.
Whether the Old Farmer’s Almanac is right or not, weather has always been a go-to conversation piece. We’d love to hear if you rely on a different source for your long-term weather predictions. Do you keep a personal almanac? Do you rely on woolly bear caterpillars to predict the future? Or maybe a persimmon seed?