Farmers' Almanac 2012 Weather Forecast: Wetter Than Normal

| 9/1/2011 11:26:00 AM

Tags: Weather Forecasts, 2012 Weather, Weather Predictions, Farmers' Almanac, Winter, Summer,

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganHere in the Kansas, it’s been a tumultuous year weather-wise. We had a blizzard back at the beginning of February. In July, temperatures were 100-plus for almost an entire month. Nationally, tornadoes ravaged locations seemingly further east in our country than ever before, and one vicious twister annihilated the community of Joplin, Missouri, just a couple hours southeast of us. Droughts and floods, both, hit our farmers. So, in thinking about national weather predictions for next year, I recently turned to the Farmers' Almanac 2012 to see what we're in for.

It was with a hopeful yet wary eye that I flipped through the pages of the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac as it came across my desk. Fans of the Farmers’ Almanac – a 195-year-old weather-predicting publication – say the long-range forecasts are accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. Bottom line, this thing is worth a look on a yearly basis. If you're interested or skeptical, take a look at our Farmers' Almanac 2011 weather forecast and evaluate last year's predictions for yourself.

For the 2012 winter forecast, conditions are going to be wetter than normal. The 2012 Farmers’ Almanac calls it “Clime and Punishment,” meaning some parts of the United States will see a very frigid winter, while others can expect lots of rain and snow. The Northern Plains, parts of the Northern Rockies, and the western Great Lakes can expect a very cold winter, while the southern and eastern United States are expected to see above-average temperatures.  

The Midwest, Far West and southern Florida can expect average temperatures, although I’m not quite sure what average is anymore. I guess here in Kansas we’ll see a few days when it’s unbearable to go outside, and some people might be out tending to a cold frame in short sleeves and shorts in December. 

2012 winter forecast according to the 2012 Farmers' Almanac. 

Precipitation seems to be the main theme of the Farmers’ Almanac 2012 forecast, though. The publication predicts a very active storm track, which will bring heavier-than-normal precipitation – in whatever form – from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Depending on what the temperatures are in your area, this weather forecast could mean extra time with salt on your roads, or a messy mudroom when you peel off your coveralls after coming back inside from the rain or mixed precipitation after chopping ice for the cattle. 

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9/3/2011 8:01:11 PM

Caleb, winter outlook for us will be wet. That equates to me as more snow than usual. I should get my snow blower ready as soon as possible for the first blast? Ah, well, I could just stay home until spring melts it away. Nah, that wouldn't be any fun. I don't mind the snow and if it does get too bad I do just stay home for awhile. With a seven year old living in the household, there's always tobogganing or snow fort building or path building. It keeps an old grandpa tired and sleeping well at night. I kind of like that. So stock up the winter storage area and get ready for the wet winter. Have a great GRIT editor day.

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