We’ve seen the first snowfall in the Rockies, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler—fall might be here soon and winter is certainly coming. With that, we get the 2018-2019 Winter Weather Forecast from the Farmers Almanac. Here’s a hint: teeth chattering cold ahead. –ML
From the editor:
“Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter. We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.”-Edtior Peter Geiger, Philom.
From The Almanac:
Calculations based on the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac’s time-tested formula suggest that the winter of 2018-2019 will be a “teeth-chattering” cold one, with below-normal temperatures forecast for much of the country.
For most of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and westernmost Ontario, temperatures will average much below seasonal norms. The coldest temperatures are expected during February 2019, when -40°C, or even -45°C, may be possible. So bundle up!
It will also be an unusually cold February in eastern Ontario and Quebec, with the coldest temperatures running south and east across the Great Lakes to the Laurentian Plateau. Only British Columbia will see near-normal temperatures through the winter.
Snow Across Canada
Precipitation-wise, the region around the Great Lakes could receive above-normal amounts, while the rest of the nation will have averages close to normal. The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is also predicting a wet and/or snowy winter across British Columbia, where the thermometer will hover just above or just below the freezing mark.
An unusually snowy February 2019 for Quebec is also in the forecast, while the Maritimes could alternate between bouts of rain and snow. And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types, as well as strong and gusty winds.
The End Is…Not Near?
Spring will be late. Winter will hang on in many locations through April. This will be especially true for Quebec and the Maritimes, where a potent storm in mid-April could lead to wet snow, especially over higher elevations. This cool weather could stretch even into May!
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