The Old Farmer’s Almanac releases 2016-2017 winter outlook

Winter officially arrives on Wednesday, December 21st

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – So far it has been a pretty nice fall. We’ve seen a good amount of sunshine and although it may be a little bit behind, the foliage has been looking very vibrant recently.

The weather has gotten a little cooler at night but it has been warming up during the day, making it difficult to decide what to wear when you’re outside. It won’t be too long though before we have to get more of our winter clothes out. 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its 2016-2017 winter outlook and it’s looking a lot different than last year. Last year we had a very mild winter. We all remember the lack of snow and above average temperatures.

This winter The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for above normal snowfall for most of southern New England with mild temperatures. It’s calling for colder but wet weather for northern New England and for far northern and western parts of Massachusetts.

“I hear about it and then I say I hope they’re wrong but whatever it is, it is, we’ll deal with it,” said Judith Daniele of Longmeadow.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac was founded by Robert B. Thomas in 1792. And while notes of the original formula they use to predict the weather are locked in a black box, today they use weather trends and events by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity.

Some people are hoping we see a little more snow this winter. “It’s always nice to see the snow coming down. You know we’re always anxious to get it and then we get into March we’re always ready to get it to go,” said Glen Davis of Springfield.

Next Thursday NOAA will release its 2016-2017 winter outlook. Winter officially arrives on Wednesday, December 21st at 5:44 in the morning.

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