Weather prognosticators who can see into the future say the winter of 2015 in the US and Canada will be epic — with a white Christmas for everyone.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which hits bookshelves and supermarket check out counters in about a week, says that anywhere that gets snow this year can count on having a white Christmas:
Look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February, the almanac predicts. “Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, N.H., where the almanac is compiled.
The almanac says there will be above- normal rainfall in the first half of the winter in California, but that will dry up, and the drought is expected to continue.
The weather predictions of the Old Farmer’s Almanac have long been a source of fierce controversy. Old timers swear by it but modern meteorologists dismiss it claiming not enough science goes into the Almanac’s formulation. For the record, the predictions published in the almanac happen according to a traditional formula that use solar cycles and climatology.
The National Weather Service and other “official” weather outlets are closely watching a developing El Nino in the south Pacific which dramatically affects weather all over the world but especially in the United States. The El Nino is so big some have taken to calling it Godzilla. They are predicting heavy rains in the American Southwest. Traditionally, that usually leads to drier conditions for the Pacific Northwest — to the Almanac’s forecast for snow appears at odds with the predicted El Nino.