Here we are in late November, and it sure seems like it should be cooler. We experienced temperatures higher than I can ever remember last winter. In fact, records were broken across the country! Yet at this time last year, temperatures were lower than they are today. With so much uncertainty in my mind, I was excited and curious to flip through the pages of The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac and find out what we are in for in terms of 2013 weather predictions, particularly winter weather forecast 2013 predictions.
Despite what the current conditions in Kansas suggest, The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells me it will indeed be a little cooler this winter than last. The 2013 Almanac indicates that throughout rural America, folks can expect lower-than-normal temperatures this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas. West of that line, except for portions of the Desert Southwest, temperatures will actually be warmer than those of the 2011-2012 winter.
In terms of winter snowfall, the Almanac’s forecast is a split decision: “Snowfall will be above normal in a swathe from the Carolinas to West Texas and within a hundred miles or so of the Great Salt Lake; it will be near or below normal elsewhere.” Snow in the South and in much of Oklahoma and central Texas! The good news is that the Almanac believes that there will be enough precipitation (rain and snow) that the areas hit hard by drought conditions last year may see some relief.
Spring will bring welcome rain, too, according to the Almanac.
“Rainfall will be above normal from the Carolinas southward through Florida, from the Ohio Valley southwestward through Texas, and from the Upper Midwest westward into the Dakotas; it will be near or below normal elsewhere.”
Florida stands to benefit particularly. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says the Sunshine State will experience a much rainier season than normal – easing its drought conditions – while Georgia will continue to experience dryer-than-normal conditions.
Moving into the summer, we can expect summer temperatures to be higher than normal along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in the Ohio Valley, but cooler than normal elsewhere.
For a Kansas guy like me, the prediction of cooler summer temperatures is music to the ears; however, taking a look at these two maps and flipping through the Almanac pages, it occurred to me that my part of the country might experience below-average rainfall, which is not.
Our grandpas and uncles were always worried about getting enough rain, and very little has changed on that front. No matter what slice of the countryside you call home, hopefully Mother Earth will be kind and you can make the most of whatever weather you experience in 2013.
Caleb Regan and his wife, Gwen, live in rural Douglas County, Kansas, where they enjoy hunting, fishing, and raising and growing as much of their own food as they can. Caleb can’t imagine a better scenario than getting to work on a rural lifestyle magazine as a profession, and then living that same lifestyle right in the heartland of America. Connect with him on Google+.