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What to expect weather-wise
As has been proven by the almost 200-year-old Farmer’s Almanac, the weather can be foreseen up to months in advance.
And for 2014, it looks likethe first part of the year will be cold for most regions of the United States.
According to the newest edition the Farmer’s Almanac, “below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall” will occur for most of the winter throughout the U.S. during most of the winter across much of the United States. This winter is shaping up to be a rough one, Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, in a 2014 report. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season. The good news is that the extra precipitation — which will fall as rain or snow depending where you are—will help with any drought issues left over from the summer.”
According to Accuweather.com, here’s what to expect per region:
Northeast: The winter will start off slow with occasional bursts of really cold weather. Snow predicted in mid to late winter.
The Northern Plains/The Rockies: Bitterly cold at times and lots of snowfall predicted until February.
The East Coast: Temperatures will fall in early January. Average snowfall predicted overall.
Southeast/Gulf Coast: Above-normal winter temperatures predicted. Heavy rain predicted in February.
Florida Region: Dry and mild.
Northwest: Wet conditions.
West Coast: Expect heavy precipitation in January.