The Farmers’ Almanac recently release its extended winter weather forecast… and it’s not looking good guys.
It’s hard to picture during the sweaty month of August, but this upcoming winter is expected to be “unreasonably cold and snowy” in the Ohio and Northern Kentucky region.
The Farmers’ Almanac suggests pulling your flannel and snowshoes out early this year as winter is expected to roll in strong and early. If you’re like me and have been desperate for a white Christmas, this is good news, but if you have to travel around the holiday season, it could pose a problem.
The Ohio Valley and Great Lakes areas are expected to get a lot of snow and/or freezing rain with strong winter storms traveling across the country throughout the season.
For those who don’t love winter, you may want to brace yourself for this next part, frigid temperatures are expected nationwide, especially in January.
If you’re thinking “no they must be wrong like all the local meteorologists” well, we can take a look back at last year's predictions. Their accuracy of precipitation direction predictions was 94.4% for the 2021-2022 season.
How do they know the weather so far out? Well, the Farmers’ Almanac re-released a list of 20 signs of a hard winter ahead originally published in 1978 (the year a devastating blizzard hit the region) that they say is still relevant today.
Next time you’re at the farmer’s market take a look at any locally grown corn and onions: one of the signs of a difficult season ahead is thicker than normal onions and/or corn husks.
Take a look up in the sky, as there are many winter signs from flying creatures including an early arrival of the snowy owl, woodpeckers sharing a tree and premature monarch, geese and duck migrations.
Something we can look out for now is heavy fogs and fogs that last throughout the day during the month of August.
Raccoons will be chunkier (always good), and critters like mice and spiders will be making their way into our home (not so good).