Throw a few extra logs in the fire and double up on the winter woollies. According to the 2019 Farmers' Almanac, Old Man Winter will be showing up later this year with a colder demeanor than usual. Meaning, pretty well everyone in North America will be on the receiving end of his frostier temperament.
The Almanac has declared that the upcoming winter season will be colder than usual across the country. The prediction has determined that due to a huge Arctic cold snap barreling southward, conditions will be especially harsh in February in the Northeast of the country. Affected areas include New England, the Great Lakes region, the Ohio Valley, the Midwest and even the Southeast. That's just the dropping of the mercury. When it comes to snow, much of it will fall in those same areas in January and February.
The publication, which has based its predictions on mathematical and astronomical calculations into a formula that also involves sunspots and other solar activity, has been at it since 1818. A century later, the Almanac has been able to boast an 80 percent accuracy in its season prognostications.
However, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has determined that temperatures will be above normal for the winter. The U.S. meteorological service has determined that warmer Pacific air hitting North America will be enough to counter that Arctic high creeping down, resulting in a relatively milder winter. It's a condition that will even see Alaska benefit from a winter that's predicted to be warmer than usual.
While the Almanac also predicted a dire winter for Canada, which is no stranger to cold winters anyway, Environment Canada revealed that its findings for the upcoming season are similar to its U.S. equivalent. The Canadian government service also cites El Nino as a major influence on its forecast, which not only predicts a milder winter than last year but shorter as well. One climatologist also declared the transition from fall to winter will also be more gradual than usual.
A spokesperson believed much of the reason why Environment Canada's findings don't match with the Farmer's Almanac has to do with changing jet streams and polar ice, making the study of weather patterns more complicated than ever before.