Just saw an article in the paper on the Farmer's Almanac which went on sale yesterday. It is predictiong a very snowy winter beginning in late November!
The gist of the story is that the Almanac claims a 80% accuracy rate with its predictions. With no El Nino or La Nina effect this year to meddle with the high level prevailing winds it believes this year's predictions will be proven correct.
The Northeast is predicted to have a lot of snow along with thePacific Northwest and the Southeast. The Almanac predicts a drier winter for the middle of the country according to the news article.
CAVEAT: The news story points out that last year the Almanac predicted a normal winter for the Northeast which instead was pummeled with storms. The Almanac attributes last winter's forcasting error to the the absense of La Nina, El Nino.
Also a represenative from the National Weather Serice contends that weather can not be accurately predicted so far in advance. Neverthelessthe Almanac stands by its methodology and it claim to being accurate 80% of the time the article stated.
Whatever the ultimate facts prove to be, its tempting and exciting to think about this winter's prospects.