The Farmer's Almanac Just Predicted a 'Polar Coaster' for Winter
This winter will be a wild weather ride according to the experts at the Farmer's Almanac. In fact, those experts are giving the winter of 2019 and 2020 its own nickname: Polar Coaster.
"[T]his winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a 'Polar Coaster,'" the Alamanac explained on its website.
According to this year's predictions, the worst of "the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians." It added, the biggest drop in temperatures is forecasted for the northern Plains and into the Great Lakes. This area will also see more precipitation and snow than usual, according to the Almanac, which could be heralded as great news for skiers and mountains across Colorado, Utah, and Montana.
The only place the Alamanac predicts will see normal weather is the western third of the country.
As for the biggest drop in temperatures, the Almanac said you can expect those to arrive during the "final week of January and last through the beginning of February." It added, snow and wintry conditions could last well into April for much of the nation.
For more than 200 years, the Farmer's Almanac has provided people with extended weather forecasts from season to season. However, Dave Hennen CNN's senior meteorologist and executive producer for weather said the almanac's predictions should be taken with a grain of salt.
"It's difficult enough to do a five-day forecast," Hennen said in 2016. "We're really good at the day of and the next day, (and) we're better at temperature a ways out than precipitation. But to forecast out that far in advance ... even the science behind our long-range forecasting is sometimes not that solid."