Northern California has been on a roller coaster ride the past decade when it comes to winter weather. The past five years have brought forward a significant drought, except for the unusually wet and snowy winter of 2017. As we continue to battle this devastating fire season, we can only hope that this winter brings lots of rain and snowpack to alleviate dry conditions.
And that’s exactly what the Old Farmer’s Almanac says is going to happen.
The oldest weather predictor in the country released their upcoming winter prediction and it brings good news for Northern California. A cold, wet winter along with snow in the Sierra’s is exactly what we need right now. You can see their full prediction for the United States in the map below:
As you can see, the southeastern side of Northern California, which includes Lassen, Tahoe, Mammoth and Yosemite, will encounter normal temperatures with snowy conditions. The rest of NorCal will see a cold, wet winter. The rest of the country is expected see above-average temperatures.
Of course, these things are never full-proof. The predictions are based on 30-year statistical averages prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and updated every ten years. Weather trends and events are predicted by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity. In 2008, the Almanac stated that the earth had entered a global cooling period that would probably last decades, which, as you know, is the exact opposite of what actually happened.
But this is exactly the prediction we want to see so we’re going to get excited about it! Bring on the rain! Bring on the snow! We can’t wait for winter!