Almanacs predict more snow, ‘super cold’ temperatures

Clearing the sidewalks

A lot of activity downtown as people race to keep up with the snow that was falling heavily to the ground

(Aug. 25, 2014) – Not pleased with the heat and humidity that’s settled in to central Indiana?

Don’t be too quick to welcome winter.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts another polar vortex will pile snow on parts of the U.S. The northeastern part of the country is expected to get hit especially hard.

For Indiana, the almanac predicts that precipitation will be below normal for the year. Snowfall, on the other hand, will be above normal in most of the region with “the snowiest periods in mid-December, early and mid-January, and early February,” according to the almanac’s projection.

The almanac, which has been going strong for 223 years, predicts the eastern two-thirds of the country will be “super cold” for the winter. The book claims its weather predictions have been 80 percent correct.

But what about the competing Farmer’s Almanac? That publication also projects below-normal temperatures for most of the country, with the coldest weather outbreak coming during the final week of January.

“Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting an active storm track with a number of storms delivering copious amounts of snow and rain,” the almanac said. “…below-normal precipitation values are forecast for the Southwest States as well as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. The Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average precipitation.”

Indiana falls in the “stinging temperatures and normal snowfall” category, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, which has been around since 1818.

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