Get Ready To Shiver, Shovel & Shake This Winter In North Dakota
The Farmer's Almanac annual winter forecast is out for 2022-2023. The Farmer's Almanac, not to be confused with the Old Farmer's Almanac, claims to have an 80 percent accuracy rate. I'll take those numbers, I mean, after all, .800 is a pretty good batting average.
So, what's in store for North Dakota this winter?
Before we get to that, let's recap the last few winters. The last two winters both saw the county in a La Nina winter pattern. In the winter of 2020-2021, we were riding out a pretty severe drought. We saw very little snowfall and mild temperatures. Then came the winter of 2021-2022 with much-needed precipitation. Temperatures last winter were about normal, and we didn't see a lot of snow until a series of weekend storms hit us in March and April. These storms, along with beneficial rains in the spring catapulted North Dakota out of the drought, that had plagued us for two plus years.
Looks like the precipitation will continue this coming winter with colder than normal temperatures expected for the northcentral states, including North Dakota. Here's a look at the nationwide map from the Farmer's Almanac.
Prepare to be in the Hibernation Zone in North Dakota.
In fact, our neighboring states are all looking at the same conditions. South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota you can expect a glacial, snow-filled winter too. I'm one of those people that actually enjoys winter. I don't mind three or four months of winter, I just don't like five months of winter like last year.
In the meantime, I better go check to make sure my snowblower is running. If you don't like winter, enjoy another 90-degree day today. Who knows how many we have left?
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