I like to read the weather forecasts online. They can, however, be confusing for areas like mine (zone 4) because it is pretty generalized. When they say “plains” — well, that can mean a whole big area! I'm in the northern plains, so when they say there's a front moving out of the Rockies and into the “plains” what does that mean, exactly? The Rockies run from New Mexico right up into Canada, so it's hard to know which part of the “plains” will be effected.
For the December 1st – 4th forecast, it specifically says “northern plains”. That's one of the few times I recall ever seeing it referred to, specifically. Usually the forecast says “plains”. I'm a winter-loving person, so I'm always on the look out for snowfall and when we might be getting some. The years 2000 to 2008 were pretty darn disappointing around here. Some areas of the northern plains just got dumped on, and my little area was like the banana belt. That's why I like to read the forecasts. I can look ahead and hope for the snow!
I know it's pretty hard to narrow down the weather – in fact, impossible would probably be a better word, but region 4 is quite large (I mean, hey, it covers Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska —- do you KNOW how much land mass that entails? A lot. Just in my state alone, the weather on the western side can be so totally different than the eastern side, and it can be that way for a whole season. Last year the eastern side of the state got more snow than they knew what to do with, and we barely got any. Yet their forecast from Almanac is the same as ours? I wish there was some way to narrow down the areas a little bit more.
Nevertheless, I enjoy the predictions.
I also agree with the almanac's view on global warming. It should be renamed global greening because it's mostly generating green money for the promoters and fear to those who fall for it.