Bad news for those of us who were dreaming of having a white Christmas this year: The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its official prediction for winter weather, and it’s not looking very merry. Instead of snowflakes, most of the United States can expect a “warm, wet” holiday season that will continue through early 2019.
This is the 227th edition of the almanac, “a trusted source for weather, astronomy, folklore, and more since 1792, when George Washington was president," according to their own description on the website. For more specific breakdowns of the forecast in your area throughout the year, you’ll need to pick up your own physical copy. In the meantime, their website has shared some unfortunately muggy details about what we can expect from the upcoming weather.
According to the predictions, most of the country will have above-normal temperatures, unlike last year's chilly forecast. The only area not affected will be the Southwest, which can actually expect to have colder temperatures than normal. Although snow can be a burden when it comes to shoveling driveways or adding chains to vehicle tires, the idea of a warm, rainy winter isn’t much more appealing. The almanac lays blame on the arrival of a weak El Niño, which the National Ocean Services explains is a periodic warming of sea-surface temperatures.
If you already started daydreaming about making snowmen or sledding down hills in your area, we’re sorry to burst your bubble. Instead of airing out your parkas and snow boots to prepare for frosty temperatures, you’ll need to hang onto your galoshes and raincoats for a bit longer.
On the bright side, at least most of us won’t have to worry as much about icky road conditions like black ice popping up and making things worse — or getting stuck inside without power for days at a time when ice storms hit.