As we progress through some of the hottest days of the year, if you’re hot and bothered, the Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast will relax you faster than freezing underwear.
According to a press release for the 2023 edition of the almanac, “this winter will be filled with jolts, chills and shovels”.
Yes, I’m just as happy as you.
A map that accompanied the post shows Minnesota and western Wisconsin in the region of the country titled “Hibernation Zone Glacial, Snow – Filled.” The rest of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee are labeled as “unreasonably cold snowy,” so there you have it. With the exception of the Pacific Northwest and California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, the rest of the country is expected to experience wet and cold conditions this winter.
According to the statement: “Shivering temperatures are expected to rattle hot weather seekers in southeastern and south-central states, but the real chills could send people to the Great Lakes regions (northeastern regions and north-central) in hibernation. According to the Almanac, the north-central states are expected to experience extremely cold temperatures in mid-January, possibly 40 degrees below zero! »
In the August heat, it’s pretty easy to poop the January cold. After all, it’s almost a year and a half away. A lot can happen in six months. I’ve always found it easier to imagine the cold of winter in summer than the heat of summer in the heart of winter.
This month marks 10 years since my wife and I moved to Wisconsin from Iowa, where we have lived our entire lives. The summer of 2012 was hot and dry. It seems that it was warmer and drier than this summer.
The winter of 2012-13 was cold and snowy. It felt like it snowed about an inch every night for parts of the winter. My wife and I lived in a rental duplex in 2012. We bought our house the following fall. With the frequent snowfall, I got to know my neighbor well as we tried to take turns fighting to clear the snow.
Even though we are in a (minor) drought situation, I would really, really prefer to get the moisture back in the rain this fall than in the snow during the winter. Depending on the moisture level of a snowfall, it can take up to one foot of snow to equal one inch of rain.
I’ve always been fascinated by long-range weather forecasts from publications like Farmers’ Almanac. Do they look at the width of the dark bands on the fuzzy tracks? Is there knowledge to be learned from the migratory habits of butterflies or birds? Does the size and timing of acorns on oak trees predict the coming winter?
Generally speaking, the weather forecasters at these publications like to keep their trade secrets to themselves. I guess it’s better to be known as the Great and Mighty Oz than the little guy behind the curtain who pulls the levers.
If I’m going to live in a “hibernation zone” this winter, so be it. As we all know, the only thing we can do about the weather is complain about it.
Get a second mortgage to fill the freezer and pantry, you’ll be fine.
As always, I await your comments. You can reach me by email at [email protected], by phone at 715-268-8101, or in writing at PO Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001.
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