A Country Divided by Weather
Winter 2018’s split on record-breaking highs and lows
Before I begin: yes, it is still 2017. But if you’re like me, you want nothing more than to plan ahead and look forward to forgetting about this messy year. It wasn’t all bad, no, but let’s be honest. It’s been tragic. Thankfully, 2018 is only a couple months away, and the prime of our winter sport season is nearly here, too. So, to help us all prepare, let’s check out the 2018 winter forecast.
Here’s a glimpse into what the Farmer’s Almanac had to say about this season:
“Cold conditions are back! According to the Farmers’ Almanac’s 200-year-old formula, this winter is expected to be a bit more “normal” as far as the temperatures are concerned, especially in the eastern and central parts of the country–chiefly those areas to the east of the Rocky Mountains–with many locations experiencing above-normal precipitation.”
So, not too bad, right? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Another element to keep on the radar is La Niña. According Accu Weather, this occurs “when sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drop to lower-than-normal levels. In the United States, a La Niña winter means more rain in the Pacific Northwest, brief periods of below-average temperatures in the Northeast and generally dry and mild conditions for the southern tier.” Make sense? Okay. Carrying on…
In the Central and East Parts of the Nation
Fellow snowboard and skiing junkies, you may be happy to hear that this winter the North & East are expecting ample amounts of snow- above average amounts, actually. For the rest of you, hopefully you have a Netflix account so that you can stay in and binge-watch multiple series.
Have your gear and shovels ready for these snowy dates:
- January 20-23
- February 4-7 & 16-19
- March 1-3 & 20-23
Temperatures are going to especially frigid in the Central regions of the U.S. In fact, it may even reach negative 30. Yikes!
In the West
All is good here. The Farmer’s Almanac analyzes that the West’s winter will be relatively average. Dry, warm, and easy. The Wild West isn’t so wild.
The southern half of our country could experience droughts. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and northern Florida may have an especially drier-than-average winter. So if you’re not into the cold and the snow, I’d definitely consider traveling south.
It is important to note that there are many different forecasts for this winter season by several trustworthy weather channels. So, everything is up in the air, literally. Based on our research, however, the nation is relatively divided. How ironic, right?
For whatever weather condition you are about to face, good luck and have a lovely season. We’re rooting for snow over here!