2021 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest

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See long range weather forecasts for the next 60 days from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Our long range forecasts can be used to make more informed decisions about future plans that depend on the weather, from vacations and weddings to sporting events and outdoor activities.

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Note: Long range forecasts are regional, not city-specific.

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January 2021 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest
DatesWeather Conditions
Jan 1-2Sunny, cold
Jan 3-6Snowy, mild
Jan 7-16Snow showers; cold east, mild west
Jan 17-24Flurries, mild
Jan 25-31Snow, then flurries, cold
Januarytemperature 13° (2° below avg. east, 2° above west)
precipitation 0.8" (0.2" below avg.)

February 2021 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest
DatesWeather Conditions
Feb 1-13Snow showers, mild
Feb 14-16Flurries, cold
Feb 17-20Sunny, mild
Feb 21-25Snowy periods, cold
Feb 26-28Snowstorm, then frigid
Februarytemperature 18° (6° above avg.)
precipitation 2" (2" above avg. east, avg. west)

Annual Weather Summary
November 2020 to October 2021

Winter temperatures and precipitation will be above normal, while snowfall will be above normal in the east and below normal in the west. The coldest periods will be in early to mid- and late December, late January, and late February. The snowiest periods will be in late December, early and late January, late February, and early March. April and May will be warmer and drier than normal. Summer will be hotter and drier than normal, with the hottest periods in early June, early July, and mid- and late August. September and October will have below-normal temperatures and precipitation.

Map showing Old Farmer's Almanac long range weather region number 9

About the Upper Midwest Region

The Upper Midwest long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: MICHIGAN (Alpena, Escanaba, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Traverse City), MINNESOTA (Bloomington, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, Saint Paul), NORTH DAKOTA (Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, West Fargo), SOUTH DAKOTA (Aberdeen, Brookings, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Watertown), WISCONSIN (Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh).

Upper Midwest Neighboring Regions

Here are the regions that neighbor the Upper Midwest long range weather region:

Temperature and Precipitation November 2020 to October 2021

Temperature and Precipitation Chart, November 2020 to October 2021 for Upper Midwest Region

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FOG

There is/was a folk tale about, Fog in January means.......... My father would say this. Does anyone know the rest of the saying...
thank you Marie

Fog in January

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“Fog in January brings a wet spring.”

Snow this year

I live in MN I was expecting snow at least this time of the year but there's not even any snow on the ground and it just feels like cold autumn.

The Earth

The Earth is much, much more powerful that people think. If you packed all the 7.5 billion people in one space, you would just fill up a city the size of Los Angeles and we have no influence of the climate whatsoever. We are so vulnerable to the forces at work, and is a gamma flare, a good sized asteroid or super volcano would happen, well, it would wipeout the entire human race like it was nothing. So, quit with the big egotism, the Earth is going to do what it wants, period. We are not in control people!

Wow, your predictions are way

Wow, your predictions are way off for October

Something Has Changed, But It’s Not The Sun

Something Has Changed, But It’s Not The Sun
While it’s true our sun is giving less energy to our planet, the planet’s surface temperature has been soaring since 1960. Check out the NASA BLOG February 13, 2020, 14:02 PST
There Is No Impending 'Mini Ice Age'
As for brutally cold winters and insufferably hot summers with too much rain... that’s just how it’s been in the Midwest for several years now. These days I’m surprised when the crops do well!

SE Michigan

Ask a farmer about getting equipment into fields during planting AND harvest seasons since 2011.

Weather

To make any long range plans based on long range weather forecast is an exercise in futility if you live in MI. The furthest you can look out with any hope of accuracy (barely) is a week or two. For the daily forecast look out the window to confirm.

@KB Second that Solar Minimum!

This solar cycle is indeed influencing the weather. Our ionosphere is contracted & much colder than normal. Crops aren't growing as well since the sun isn't as strong. The crops aren't able to balance the air as optimally as normal. The sun isn't blowing away the cosmic radiation since we are in solar minimum therefore we are in an "Earth Microwave" getting cooked.

Weather

If you live in Michigan you know no one can predict the weather. Best thing to do is look out the window and dress for what you see. If you don’t like that MOVE somewhere else!

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