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How to Read Long Range Weather Forecasts
Our long-range forecasts show weather trends in temperatures and precipitation. For example, will the winter be colder or warmer than average? Will there be more or less snow than what's typical for your area? Our famous predictions (traditionally 80% accurate) are made 18 months in advance, and meant to help you make more informed decisions for long-term planning.
Here on Almanac.com, we provide free long-range forecasts for the next 30 to 60 days covering U.S. and Canadian regions. Find all 12 months of predictions in the annual Old Farmer's Almanac.
Free 2-Month Weather Forecast
DECEMBER 2017: temperature 28° (3° below avg.); precipitation 0.5" (avg.); Dec 1-9: Snow showers, frigid; Dec 10-15: Sunny, mild; Dec 16-21: Snow showers, mild; Dec 22-26: Snowy periods, mild; Dec 27-31: Snow showers, frigid.
JANUARY 2018: temperature 36° (8° above avg.); precipitation 0.5" (avg.); Jan 1-3: Snow showers, frigid; Jan 4-11: Sunny, turning warm; Jan 12-18: Snow showers, then sunny, mild; Jan 19-21: Snowy, cold; Jan 22-28: Sunny, mild; Jan 29-31: Snow showers, cold.
Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018
Winter will be warmer than normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December and from late December into early January. Snowfall will be below normal in the north and above in the south, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late November, mid- to late December, and early to mid-March. April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation a bit above normal. Summer will be a bit hotter than normal, with slightly below normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early and mid- to late July and mid-August. September and October will be cooler than normal, with slightly above normal rainfall.
About the High Plains Region
The High Plains long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: COLORADO (Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley, Pueblo), KANSAS (Colby, Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal, Ulysses), MONTANA (Billings, Great Falls, Havre, Laurel, Miles City), NEBRASKA (Alliance, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte, Scottsbluff), NEW MEXICO (Clayton, Clovis, Portales, Raton, Tucumcari), NORTH DAKOTA (Bismarck, Dickinson, Mandan, Minot, Williston), OKLAHOMA (Beaver, Boise City, Goodwell, Guymon, Hooker), SOUTH DAKOTA (Belle Fourche, Pierre, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis), TEXAS (Amarillo, Borger, Dumas, Hereford, Pampa), WYOMING (Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Gillette, Sheridan).