We hate to toot our own horns — OK, not really — but the famous Farmers’ Almanac long-range forecast was, once again, right on target for this past spring.
After accurately predicting a “two-faced winter” consisting of colder-than-normal temperatures to the east of the Mississippi and warmer weather to the west, the Farmers’ Almanac advised loyal readers that spring would have only one face: a cold, rainy one.
For most sections of the country, Farmers’ Almanac weather forecaster Caleb Weatherbee predicted a cold start to spring, including snow flurries across the Great Lakes and Midwest as well as thunderstorms and squalls for most regions, continuing through April and May into early June.
The Farmers’ Almanac also warned of an exceptionally active tornado season in the Midwest, a prediction that was borne out as a record-breaking number of deadly twisters — more than 700 in all — descended on the region between February and early May.
Moving into summer, Weatherbee predicts a warmer-than-normal summer across much of the nation. Sections of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic should see occasional bouts of very heavy rain with heavier than normal precipitation also affecting portions of the Plains and Rockies. In contrast, the Pacific Coast is expected to be much drier than normal during the coming summer.
(Check out Canada’s summer forecast here.)
Hurricane season officially started June 1, and the Farmers’ Almanac predicts an exceptionally active tropical storm season with the Gulf Coast directly in the crosshairs for hurricanes in mid-July, mid-August, and mid-September. The associated tropical moisture from such systems is likely to flow northward, creating the threat of excessive rainfall over many eastern locations. The hurricane season typically peaks around September 10.
2008 Hurricane Names