Posted by: pyeager | October 9, 2009

Forecast for Winter 2009-2010 and Beyond

I’m a meteorologist, and I had no idea that there was a difference between the Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac until I did some research for long-range winter 2009-2010 forecasts. These are, indeed, two separate publications, and since I’ve already talked about the Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast (Harsh 2010 Winter if Forecast), I thought it only fair that I talk about the Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter forecast today. I don’t need any old farmer’s annoyed at me.

(Just for the record, I’m not trying to set a record for the most times that the word almanac is written in one blog post–it just seems that way.)

 Not as Easy to Write About

The Old Farmer’s Almanac (did I say it again?!?!?!) winter forecast (2010 Long-Range Forecast) is not as easy to write about because it doesn’t come with one big map and a big headline, like the Farmer’s Almanac (I need to buy a thesaurus) since the forecasts are given by region. The link above is for the main page; follow the link and type in your specific location for a detailed forecast.

Let’s look at a few regional highlights:

Snow Forecast from Boston to Washington D.C.

The forecast is for slightly less precipitation than normal but more snow than normal for much of the region. These two–less precip/more snow–are not mutually exclusive. It means that the Old Farmer (you thought I was going to say it again, didn’t you?) thinks that more of the precipitation will fall during cold periods than during an average winter.

 Rain from San Francisco to San Diego

The forecast is for more rainfall than normal in the north (San Fran/Central Coast) and less in the south (toward LA and San Diego) for winter 2009-2010, which certainly would not be good news in Southern California. Southern California desperately needs rain, and there’s only time to get it–during the winter.

Windy City Snow

Chicago is not the windy city (which I make note of in my upcoming book, Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities), but certainly people know it that way. The Old Farmer believes that snowfall will be above average in Chicago again this winter, but snowfall will be less than locations close to the lakes that are farther to the east, such as Syracuse, which is known as “the city that…”–oh, I don’t know what Syracuse is known for.

–Paul Yeager



  1. Syracuse is known for salt. Not as catchy as “The Windy City”.

    • Salt, huh? Thanks–I learned something new–and, as my wife will attest, I won’t forget.

  2. What is your prediction for southeast Michigan for this spring & summer?

    • I don’t do a lot of site-specific forecasting now that I’m a full-time writer, but I’ll take note of the forecast for your area when specific summer forecasts have been issued.

  3. I’m from Chicago and while it can be a bit windy, it’s far from one of the winder cities. The name is from the politicians back in the late 1800s when Chicago was trying to win the Columbian expedition. We did get it, though!

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