Two weeks until winter. Does the weatherman really know what kind of weather to expect?  KIMA's Mike McCabe has been the main weatherman on top-rated KIMA since 2008.  Does he know?

KIT's Lance Tormey has been reading weather forecasts and interpreting National Weather Service Data for the past 33 years!  Does he know? (sure, he wants heavy snow in the mountains, but DOES HE KNOW?)

The headline on the front page of the Yakima Herald-Republic (YHR) today read "Snowpack Below Average - so far" But do they know?

I've been doing radio and TV here since 1983 and I don't know.  But I know who does.

The Farmer's Almanac Winter Forecast

Winter officially arrives on December 21, 2021 and The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac  says to prepare for a “Season of Shivers.”

See! THEY KNOW!

According to the latest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this winter will be punctuated by bone-chilling, below-average temperatures across most of the U.S. (which we North Dakota natives call...any Tuesday)

Janice Stillman is the editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac., which for 230 years has been helping readers to prepare for winter’s worst with its 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts. This year Stillman says, "“This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years.”

What Regions Will See Lots of Snow?

She says some places will see lots of snow with cold, like in New England as well as throughout the Ohio Valley, in northern portions of the Deep South, and in southeast New Mexico.  Heads up friends and relatives back east,

 Above-average snowfall is also in the forecast along a track from eastern Montana southward through the western halves of the Dakotas and into northeastern Colorado. Temperatures are expected to be around normal but snowfall will be abundant, with several storms predicted throughout the winter.  (Which is one big snow shovel of a reason I stayed in Yakima and never moved back to North Dakota)

Now, on to the winter weather matters at hand.  What about us in the west?

Save The West For Last

Back to the book for a forecast that predicts most western areas will remain relatively dry, with all but the Pacific Coast itself and portions of the Southwest experiencing the frigid cold predicted for much of the rest of the country.  Wait, what?

Frigid on the coast but not here?  Heavy snow all over the place but not here?

Hey skiers, the crystal ball of the Farmer's Almanac knows all, sees all, and is spot on...80% of the time. So there's still a chance.

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