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Eco 08 Assignment 2015-16 Winter Weather Forecast Farmers Almanac

Get a look at The Old Farmer’s Almanac2014–2015 winter weather forecast map for the U.S. (Click here for the Canadian weather map.)

The Almanac Weather Map for Winter reflects the period of November 2014 through March 2015.

The information corresponds to the predictions in the General Weather Forecast found in The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Forecast terms here represent deviations from the normals.

Weather Map for Winter 2014–2015

Click to enlarge here.

Winter is expected to be another cold one in the eastern half to two-thirds of the nation with above-normal temperatures, on average, in the West.

  • Snowfall will be above normal in most of the Northeast.
  • Florida will have above-normal rainfall, while most of the southeastern and central states will have below-normal precipitation.
  • We expect above-normal snowfall from eastern Arizona into the Big Bend of Texas and above-normal rainfall from parts of inland Washington into the northwest corner of Montana and just north of California’s Bay region.
  • Other areas in the western third of the country, including most of California, should have below-normal precipitation.

Read the details of this forecast and get your region’s weather in The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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long range weather

If you’re just interested in the weather piece, you can get instant access now to the digitallong range weather forecasts by region (as a PDF on your computer). 

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac Long Range Weather Forecasts show deviations from normal temperatures and precipitation amounts, based on 30-year rolling averages gathered by government meteorological agencies, specifically NOAA and Environment Canada. The averages from 1981 to 2010 are the latest available data; these numbers are updated every 10 years.

Our Long Range Weather Forecasts are based on three scientific disciplines:

  • solar science (the study of sunspots and other solar activity)
  • climatology (the study of prevailing weather patterns)
  • meteorology (the study of the atmosphere)

We predict future weather trends and events by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity. Learn more about How We Predict the Weather.

How to Read Long Range Weather Forecasts

If our forecast says that temperatures will be “mild” during a certain period of time, this means that we predict milder-than-average temperatures for those dates. In other words, this does not mean that temperatures will feel mild, but rather that temperatures will not be as cold as average (based on the 1981 to 2010 averages). Likewise, “snowy” means only more snow than the 1981–2010 average.

How Accurate Are the Almanac’s Long Range Weather Forecasts?

The Almanac’s weather predictions are made up to 18 months in advance, but are traditionally 80 percent accurate nevertheless. (Not bad for more than 225 years of predicting, we think!) To get the most from long term forecasts, it’s important to look at patterns and trends and not necessarily day-by-day predictions. Weather tends to evolve in patterns that last 5 to 7 days.

As you get closer to the date of your plans, check out our 7-Day Forecasts.

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