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Looks like the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a good (though not great) winter for the biggest ski destinations in the U.S. on both coasts. Although a bit hoakie, they've been very accurate the last 4 years! Below are the reports for some of the west's biggest ski states and New England. For other U.S. regions and Canada:

Region 13 (Eastern Cali, Colorado, Utah, Montana, IDaho)
Annual Weather Summary
October 2001 - November 2002

November through March will average one degree below normal, with near-normal precipitation. Temperatures will be below normal from November through late January but coldest in mid-November, early December, and mid- to late January. From early February to early March, mild air will prevail, with many days warmer than normal. Expect two or three snowstorms in mid- to late January. Snow will also fall in mid-November, late December, mid- to late February, and late March.

April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation near or above normal. Watch for a snowstorm in some low elevations the second week of May, then hot weather to close the month.

Overall, June through August will be delightful, averaging one or two degrees cooler than normal, with slightly below-normal rainfall. The hottest spells will occur in mid- to late June, late July, and mid-August.

September will start warm but end cool. Overall, the month will have near-normal temperatures and precipitation. October will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation. Expect snow in midmonth, especially in the west, with snow elsewhere toward month's end.

Region 1: New England
Annual Weather Summary
October 2001 - November 2002

December and February will suggest that global warming is accelerating, but early January will bring back memories of old-fashioned cold winters. Late December, late January, and early February will be cold, but overall, winter will be mild. Expect a mid-January thaw and a mild February. Snowfall throughout the season will be above normal; expect it in mid-November, early and mid-December, early and late January, late February, and early March.

April and May will be pleasant, with above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. Expect seasonable weather in early and late May.

The summer will be cooler and wetter than normal in the north but hot and abnormally dry in the south, threatening a severe drought. Expect occasional heavy rain in the north in June and July. The hottest spells in the south will occur in mid- and late June, and mid- and late July. August will have little rain and no excessive heat.

September and October will be warmer than normal. The south will continue to be dry until heavy rains come in early October.