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2007-2008 Farmers’ Almanac Winter Outlook for the U.S.

Brian Neudorff @ 12:00 pm August 27th, 2007 · 13 Comments

The almanac’s 2008 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, foresees plenty of snow across the Northeast, temperatures averaging as much as 3 degrees below normal along most of the Atlantic Coast, and four major frosts as far south as Florida. The Great Lakes region will also take a pounding. You can read the Farmers’ Almanac Release Below…


Farmers’ Almanac Rleases a Two-Faced or Split Personality Weather Forecast

Farmers' Almanac 2007-2008 Winter Outlook

“Mother Nature is once again keeping all of us on our toes,” reveals Editor and Philom.,Peter Geiger, “ we know she likes to throw curve balls at us from time to time and this winter it looks as though she’s going to reveal a possible split personality.”

The 2008 Farmers’ Almanac long-range forecasts are calling for colder than normal conditions for the eastern half of the country – chiefly those areas east of the Mississippi –with snowier than normal conditions expected.

For the western half of the country – mainly those areas west of the Mississippi – the overall winter will be milder than normal, with near or below normal precipitation. Quite a change from last year, when cold and stormy weather came blasting.

“This is not to say that there won’t be any snow in the North Central region,” shares Geiger, “but we do feel that overall Mother Nature is showing no mercy to the east and being a little more forgiving in the west.”

The 2008 Farmers’ Almanac predicts that skiers in eastern New York and New England will enjoy some great conditions (click here for our skiing outlook). The winter should also average as much as three degrees below normal down most of the Atlantic Coast, from New England through the Mid-Atlantic and the Piedmont into the Southeast. Cold conditions are on tap for the Southeast, with at least four cold frosts predicted all the way to Florida.

Cold and snowy weather should also prevail over the Great Lakes region. Even as far south as the central and eastern Gulf Coast, unseasonably chilly temperatures will prevail. In contrast, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest desert, and the Pacific Coast should enjoy a relatively mild and somewhat drier than normal winter overall. For some locations, the amount of wintertime precipitation – rain or snow – could average from one quarter to as much as one half below the seasonal norm. Quite a contrast to last year.

And near and along the boundary zone between the mild, tranquil West and the cold, stormy East, we look for some large-scale weather vacillations: from wintry to spring like and back to wintry, almost like a meteorological pendulum undergoing a series of pretty wild swings.

Spring looks cool and somewhat wet for many areas. Across Tornado Alley in the nation’s heartland, 2008 should be an unusually active season.

Summer will be uniformly warmer than normal across much of the nation. Precipitation will average near or somewhat below normal, except over much of the central U.S. where higher than normal rainfall will occur. Parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic in particular will see occasional bouts of very heavy rainfall, from heavy showery rains and locally strong thunderstorms, and in part generated by tropical activity (see below). Heavier than normal rainfall may also fall over some of the Plains and Rockies. In contrast, we are forecasting much lower than normal precipitation amounts along the Pacific Coast. Cooler and drier weather should take hold during the fall, followed by a spell of cold and unsettled conditions in November and December.

We expect an active tropical season in 2008, with the Gulf Coast directly in the crosshairs for hurricanes in mid-July, mid-August, and mid-September. The associated tropical moisture from such systems is likely to flow northward, creating a threat of excessive rainfall over many eastern locations. The traditional peak of the hurricane season occurs on September 10.

For the Farmers’ Almanac Outlook for Canada Click Here…
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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Max // Sep 11, 2007 at 8:29 am

    I cant wait till this winter. Its going to be so fun snomobiling.

  • 2 TAWT // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:07 pm


  • 3 Brian Neudorff // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    TAWT Said. “I CAN;T SEE HOW U CAN MAKE PREDICTIONS LIKE THIS SO FAR IN ADVANCE.” Well let me correct you I am not making these predictions. I am not the “Farmers’ Almanac” What I have been doing is finding forecasts and posting them for those who want to know. The search for the winter forecast for 2007-2008 started in Early August so I am just trying help feed the demand for information. I agree this is way early but people want to know and all we can do is put out an idea of what a forecast could be. So far I haven’t released any forecast.

  • 4 Waldy // Oct 4, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    How far is the low temperatures for fort lauderdale in this winter!

  • 5 Zack // Oct 10, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    YES! Finally. Northeast cold and snowy. Snowboarding has been horrible for the past 3 years

  • 6 travis // Nov 12, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    any weather predictions for central indiana

  • 7 Brian Neudorff // Nov 13, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Travis, I am going to try and put together a forecast for Central Indiana. I have put in a request for some past climatology for central Indiana like temperature departure and total snowfall for specific past winter seasons. If they send me this data then I might be able to give you some idea on snowfall and temperatures. I will try.. Thank you. Meteorologist Brian Neudorff

  • 8 Teresa // Jan 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    What will the weather be like on June 21, 2008?

  • 9 Teresa // Jan 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    In Front Royal, VA that is…

  • 10 Jen // May 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Can you tell me the weather on October 04, 2008 in Hobart Indiana? I am having an outdoor wedding ceremony, Thanks.

  • 11 Karrie // Aug 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Looking to see the weather for October 4th in Tacoma, WA.

  • 12 Karrie // Aug 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    For 2008 please. Thank you

  • 13 amy // Sep 9, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Can you tell me what the weather should be like for sept 20, 2008. In south paris, maine. Im having a family gathering which will be held outside.

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