Lewiston, ME: It’s that time again! Summer is slowly coming to an end, kids heads back to school, and the newest edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac releases its long-awaited forecast for not only the winter but the weather for the entire year ahead.
Will this winter be a repeat of last year’s teeth-chattering, record-breaking cold?
If you didn’t like last winter, you may want to stop reading right now. The 2020 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac’s annual weather outlook is calling for a “Polar Coaster Winter,” with plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for a majority of the country. “Freezing, frigid, and frosty” are the exact terms used in the new edition. The Almanac sees the areas east of the Rockies to Quebec and the Maritimes to get the worst of the bitterly cold conditions, and areas from the Prairie Provinces into the Great Lakes to be the most frigid.
No Rest for the Winter Weary
“We expect yet another wild ride this winter,” shares Pete Geiger, Philom., Editor, “with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls.”
The coldest outbreaks in late January into early February are forecast to affect millions of people living in the Prairies. During this time period, the Almanac is warning that very cold “Arctic air could cause temperatures to drop as low as -40°C over the Prairies.” The forecast also suggests that this cold blast will bring intense bursts of heavy snows especially in the snowbelt area of Ontario.
The western-third of the country is forecast to see a milder ride with near-normal winter temperatures and precipitation predicted.
The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over much of Canada. January looks to be especially stormy with frequent bouts of heavy precipitation, along with strong and gusty winds. (To find out how much snow will fall, check out the Farmers’ Almanac’s web site for zoned forecasts in each region.)
Spring, Summer and Fall Forecasts?
Each new edition of the Farmers’ Almanac packs 16 months of weather forecasts into 200 pages of factual fun. The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, which features an orange and green cover, breaks the country into 5 weather zones and provides forecasts in 3-day increments and includes weather summaries for all four seasons.
More than Weather
This year’s edition also contains life hacks and natural remedies on ways to use potatoes for poison ivy and splinter removal, use salt as a cure for common ailments, plus trivia about who what bugs are safe and tasty to eat, how animals survive extreme weather, and tons of gardening tips and best days to fish, view full Moons and much more.