Farmer's Almanac Releases New Winter Prediction, And It Doesn't Look Good - NBC Chicago

Farmer's Almanac Releases New Winter Prediction, And It Doesn't Look Good

A new winter forecast is melting predictions of a milder winter in the Chicago area this year

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    Almanacs Differ on Chicago Winter Predictions

     A pair of well-known almanacs are in disagreement over what winter will be like in the Chicago-area. 

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018)

    Winter is coming.

    But what it will look like just got a bit more confusing.

    A new winter forecast is melting predictions of a milder winter in the Chicago area this year, instead calling for “biting cold” and snowy conditions.

    The latest prediction from the Farmer’s Almanac, which says it bases its long-range forecasts on a “mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818,” differs from one put out earlier by the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

    The earlier prediction called for above-average temperatures for much of the country during the winter season ahead, noting a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Nino.

    But the Farmer’s Almanac says the Great Lakes will likely see teeth-chattering temperatures mid-February as an Arctic front brings “blustery and bitter winds, a sharp drop in temperature, and widespread snow showers.”

    But there’s one thing both predictions seem to agree on – above-normal precipitation.

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac noted some of the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and part of Wisconsin, can expect to see a wet season, though the almanac said it expects below-normal levels of snowfall in areas that normally get snow.

    The Farmer’s Almanac also predicts above-normal precipitation, but calls for higher levels of snowfall.

    According to long-range forecasts from the National Weather Service as of August, October through December are expected to see above-average temperatures with normal precipitation.

    Jovoni Krickenberg/Sky's the Limit Photography

    So what does that mean? Looks like we'll just have to wait and see. 

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