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Less Severe Winter Weather Expected in 2018–2019


2018–2019 Winter Weather Forecast From The Old Farmer's Almanac

Catherine Boeckmann

For those who dread extreme wintry weather, we have some good news! For the 2018–2019 winter, The Old Farmer’s Almanac—North America’s oldest, most popular almanac—says the winter temperatures will be less severe in most of the United States this year.

Of course, it’s still wintry weather! However, the winter temperatures will be above average and the snowfall will be below average. This less frigid winter is due to a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Niño, which will prevent cold air masses from lingering.

Exceptions include the Southwest (be prepared for increased cold and snow) and greater snowfall in the nation’s midsection and most of the Intermountain region.

In Canada, however, many regions will experience a winter that will be colder and snowier than what is average.  There are exceptions to the rule: Pacific Canada and the southern two-thirds of Ontario will see normal temperatures (remember, it’s winter, so it will still be cold!), while northern Atlantic Canada’s temperatures will be above normal (again, still winter, still cold).

All of Canada can bank on above-average snowfall throughout the season. Now that’s good news for skiers and snowboarders!

How do we predict long-range weather? The Old Farmer’s Almanac—founded in 1792 when George Washington was president—uses a unique, age-old formula that’s traditionally 80% accurate and trusted by generations of loyal readers. We employ three scientific disciplines to make our long-range predictions: solar science, climatology, and meteorology. Here’s more about how we predict the weather

Look Inside the Almanac

Be in the know! Find a full year of 2018–2019 weather predictions so that you may plan ahead—whether you’re a gardener, star gazer, or an everyday weather watcher. Order your print or (instant) digital copy of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac from the Almanac store or from Amazon.com.

Did you know? The Almanac is much much more than a weather prognosticator. Take a look inside our little yellow book here!


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Angela (not verified)

3 years 6 months ago

What?! Compare the maps for US and Canada.

United States map predicts Warm and Wet Winter for New England.
Canada map prediction for Cold and Snowy Winter for Canada JUST NORTH OF THE BORDER WITH NEW ENGLAND.

I have never seen a weather front that decides to stop itself at the international border. Whatever weather is going on in southern Quebec is certainly also happening NH, VT, ME. So much for the predictions.

Skurka (not verified)

3 years 7 months ago

Snowfall will be near normal and it will not be a warm winter in most of the region! I want you to change your winter expectations right now! Winter is so boring when it is warm and has not enough snow with too much rain! It will be cold with snow! We are expecting that from December 24 to 26 there will be snow!

Skurka (not verified)

3 years 7 months ago

In reply to by Skurka (not verified)

Around 1/3 of the region will be cold/snowy
Around 1/8 of the region will be near normal/ snowy
Around 1/3 will be mild and wet/dry

J homes (not verified)

3 years 7 months ago

I live in the Sarnia area and noticed that the walnut trees have basically no nuts this year.
Last year the amount of walnuts was crazy.
Theres an old saying thats says "nature takes care of its own". Meaning the trees produce enuf "fruit" to supply nature with what it needs to survive the winter.
I cant find anything related to that saying on Google.

Mary (not verified)

3 years 8 months ago

I would just like to say that I find your information helpful and enjoyable.
Some have left negative comments about your weather predictions, but you are not God..
In the last several years I have seen meteorologists reports are hit or miss..subject to change.
For years gone by the Almanac was very accurate so you obviously know your technique.
I will hope for a mild winter as predicted, and enjoy your gardening and food preservation articles.
Thank you.