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Farmer's Almanac Predicts Iowa Winter
CONCORD, N.H. (KCCI-TV) —Winter's going to be colder than usual and next summer hotter. So says the Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts.
Published Wednesday, the almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in two-thirds of the country, or what Editor Janice Stillman calls "a refriger-nation."
For Des Moines specifically it says "Winter temperatures, precipitation, and snowfall all will be below normal. The coldest periods will occur in early and mid- to late December and early and mid-January. The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, early February, and early and mid- to late March. April and May will be warmer than normal, while rainfall will be a bit below normal in the north and a bit above in the south."
Before unpacking the parka, remember "colder than average" is about 2 to 5 degrees difference.
The almanac says summer will be warmer than usual in most places while a drop in rainfall in the country's midsection could hurt crop yields.
For Iowa next summer, the almanac says "Summer will be hotter and slightly drier than normal, with the hottest periods in mid- to late June, mid- to late July, and early to mid- and mid- to late August."
The almanac says California's drought will likely continue despite some winter downpours in the west.
It says next year's hurricane season isn't expected to be especially active though a major storm could hit the Gulf Coast in late August.