Will this winter be wicked or wonderful? Read the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s2018 Winter Weather Forecast here to find out!
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2018 Winter Weather Forecast: United States
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Colder—But Not Colder Than Average
This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than average. In fact, a large part of the northern United States will experience milder-than-average temperatures (though we would still recommend having your long underwear on-hand), while much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal. Escaping this chill are Florida and the Southeast, where milder-than-average temperatures will be felt.
A Wet and Snowy Winter All-Around
Precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico. Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than average is expected.
2018 Winter Weather Forecast: Canada
From coast to coast, Canadians are in for a milder-than-average winter overall. (A welcome change, we think!)
…And Not So Snowy
Most of Canada will see below-normal levels of rain and snow this winter, though the southeast and northwest corners of the country are exceptions. Southeastern Ontario, Yukon, northern Labrador, and most of Quebec will see more snow than normal, while the rest of Atlantic Canada can expect above-average amounts of rain.
For more detailed weather forecasts for this winter and beyond, pick up a copy of The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac—available now!
The first question that comes to mind is, how old is your son? because, to a certain extent his interpretation of average temps has to do with when he experienced them—when he grew up. Many people remember weather as being different now from their childhood—and many are correct. But the buzz we hear is that it tends to be warmer …
Averages, or normals, as we explain in the 2018 print Almanac on page 217, are based on 30-year periods. Currently that is 1981 to 2010. The period advances every 10 years. Virtually all meteorological services/orgs in the world subscribe to this calculation. Here is a page where you can look up a few California cities: https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/California/average-annual-city-te...
Here’s one from NOAA with records through the end of last year: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201712
Here’s another page, perhaps more current (you do not say where in NorCal, so not sure if this covers you): https://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/predictive/outlooks/myfiles/assessment.pdf
Records suggest that the planet has had some of its warmest years in the past 20 years (or less); we seem to see a headline to this effect almost every year! Of course, not every place is warmer, but in terms of averages, California has been in that number.