Friday, September 01, 2006

Batten down the hatches, it's going to be a cold one

As reported in the NY Times and elsewhere, The Farmers' Almanac has released its winter outlook. If you love the feel of frozen nostrils and the bite of frostnip, you're in for a good winter.

The Farmers' Almanac, using a top secret meterological formula involving astronomy and sunspots, has been giving weather predictions since 1818; it is reportedly on-target 80% to 85% of the time.

According to the Almanac, this winter will bring temperatures as much as 40 degrees colder than last winter for the entire country, and particularly for the near west (Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana). The midwest may also see unusually heavy snowfall.

If you ask me, as of today they are spot-on. Here in Wyoming we had a painfully warm/hot summer, but two weeks ago it was like a switch was flipped, and autumn arrived. Last week we posted two 39 degree mornings, and Saturday's overnight low is 31 degrees. Last year at this time it was sticky hot in the day and 50 degrees at night.

Just across the valley, a friend of mine did the drive over the Snowy Range two weeks ago - a road up to about 10500 ft - through a thick snowfall.

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