“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell
Sitwell certainly paints an idealistic view of winter as a time for comfort and joy. But for many of us forced to brave the elements as we journey throughout our day, it’s little more than a cold, dreary, burdensome time of year.
From the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “People dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards and wild weather (for good reason). In colder regions, winter often means shoveling, snow blowing, dealing with bad roads, and sometimes unbearable temperatures. In warmer regions, the winter temperatures become very mild or cool, and places such as Florida fill up with people escaping the harshness of a northern winter.”
The first official day of winter is Saturday, December 21, though the date may seem laughable to some across the country. Those who call the mid-west or northeast home have already seen accumulating snowfall well before Thanksgiving.
Which is not surprising given that 2019 was a hodgepodge of meteorological extremes from heatwaves and hurricanes, to snowstorms and droughts. As the year comes to a close, many are wondering what the winter of 2020 will bring across the United States. We again turn to the folks at the Old Farmer’s Almanac for the answers.
Is the United States, we’ll experience below normal winter temperatures from the Heartland westward to the Pacific and in the Desert Southwest, Pacific Southwest and Hawaii. Expect above normal winter temperatures elsewhere.
Of course, the real question on everyone’s mind is how much SNOW!
In the United States, this winter will be remembered for strong storms consisting of heavy rain, sleet and piles of snow. The Almanac foresees frequent snow events throughout the season, from flurries to no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast, including two in April for the Intermountain region west of the Rockies.
The winter of 2020 sounds like it will definitely be white, so make sure your snow shovels and brushes are within easy reach – you’re going to need them.