Farmer’s Almanac Forecasts a “Polar Coaster” Winter for Two-Thirds of Country

Remember last winter? Yeah, I know, you’re still trying to forget about it. Me too.

“Winter” started in the fall and didn’t end until the spring. During a six-month period (November through April), there were 24 named storms.

The first, named Avery, appeared in mid-November. It brought snow and ice to the Deep South, Midwest and Northeast and stranded people in their vehicles all across the country.

Some drivers were stranded for upwards of 12 hours. While others were forced to sit in traffic overnight due to accidents. We should have known right then what we were in for.

Numerous blizzards occurred in the Great Plains last winter. Including ones named Bruce, Carter, Eboni and Jayden.

Winter Storms & Polar Vortex Did Us In

Winter Storm Harper was one of the most notable storms of the season. It dumped huge amounts of snow from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast causing multiple interstates to shut down for hours and left thousands without power.

Winter Storm Ulmer was the strongest of the season. It broke barometric pressure records in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. And featured wind gusts of over 100 miles per hour.

Winter Storm Scott even created a powerful tornado causing the death of 23 people in Beauregard, Alabama.

And let’s not forget the Triple Polar Vortex. It got so cold in the Midwest that temperatures were lower in Chicago than in the Arctic.

Storms – and Their Intensity – Are Increasing

Back in the day, we’d have below-average temperatures and above-average storms during one or two winters. But then we’d often get a more moderate winter next time around. It seemed like Nature’s way of evening things out.

Not anymore. We’ve seen first hand that extreme weather is becoming more frequent. And greater in intensity.

The number of storms is increasing. The number of fatalities is soaring. The amount of landscape decimation is growing. And the level of property destruction is rising.

Put simply, things are getting worse, not better. Now, that doesn’t mean we are necessarily in for a horrible winter that will be worse than last year’s. But it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s exactly what happens.

Frigid Conditions Anticipated

And it wouldn’t surprise the Farmer’s Almanac folks either. Their prediction for the upcoming winter season is so intense they had to create a new name for it.

They’re saying we’re going to have a “Polar Coaster” winter. They’re calling for “yet another freezing, frigid and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country.”

The worst conditions, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, will be felt east of the Rocky Mountains. All the way to the Appalachian Mountains.

Why “Polar Coaster?” Because it will be “filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a “Polar Coaster.”

Lots of Snow, Sleet and Rain Expected

Specifically, the Almanac forecasts a cold, wintry mix in the Northeast and New England. And a frosty and wet winter for the mid-Atlantic.

The Midwest should expect frozen and snowy weather. The West Coast and Southwest will get cool weather with normal precipitation.

The Northern Plains to the Great Lakes region will experience the most frigid temperatures. Those living from Washington, D.C. to Boston will see colder-than-normal temps. With above-normal precipitation.

In addition to plenty of snow, the East Coast should expect a wintry mix of rain and sleet.

Worst Weather to Start Late January

It looks like only the western one-third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures.

The worst of the winter weather will not arrive until late January, according to the Almanac. The coldest Arctic air will drift down in February.

The Almanac writers don’t shy away from specifics. They say that “copious amounts” of snow, rain and sleet may fall between January 4-7. As well as between January 12-15. Along with strong wind gusts.

For the third week of January, the Almanac predicts a memorable storm for those living northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes.

They’re also saying that spring will be cooler than normal. But if the winter is as bad as they’re predicting, a cool spring won’t seem so terrible. At least winter will finally be over.

Prepare for the Worst

Now, I’m a little skeptical about weather predictions that come down to exact days. Especially when we’re still four months away.

Sometimes our weather forecasters get their predictions wrong when they’re talking about tomorrow’s weather.

But based on what we’ve been seeing the past few years, it’s worth it to be prepared for the worst.

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