The forthcoming winter outlooks for the 2022–2023 season from the Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are enough to send shivers down one’s spine even as we swelter through the final stretch of summer’s “dog days.”
The Farmers’ Almanac, which has been in print since 1818, predicts that states in the North-Central United States will endure exceptionally cold temperatures in the middle of January, possibly reaching 40°F below zero.
The Southeast and Mid-South may also experience temperatures that are colder than typical. However, a milder than usual winter is predicted for the Southwest United States.
The Farmers’ Almanac predicts a turbulent winter in terms of precipitation, particularly for the eastern half of the country. For many places, including Texas and Oklahoma, where significant snowfall is expected during the first week, January 2023 appears to be the stormiest month ever. For the Southwest states, on the other hand, a dry winter is anticipated, aggravating the continuing drought situation.
The early-season nor’easter at the end of October and the blizzard that blanketed areas of Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas in the last week of April were among the winter storms that the Farmers’ Almanac accurately predicted the previous year.
Similarly, early predictions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been published continuously since 1792, point to a remarkable winter campaign. Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Janice Stillman predicts that “one half of the United States will be struggling with bone-chilling cold and lots of snow,” while “the other half may feel like winter never truly came.”
For additional information about each publication’s extended winter forecast for 2022–2023, go to FarmersAlmanac and Almanac