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Winter 2016-2017

What will Northern Arizon's winter look like this year. With tourism being one of the biggest revenue generators for the area cities like Flagstaff, Williams, Munds Park, Parks, Grand Canyon and Sedona depend on winter conditions that bring folks from southern Arizona and sourrounding states to play in the snow and experence tradition winter conditions. There are many differnet places and sources to find prediction on the weather, I have found that The Old Farmers Almananc is as good as any and better than some on predicting the up comming winter. So what does the The Old Farmers Almananc say regarding the 2016-2017 winter conditiona and what can we possibility look forward to this year?

Desert Southwest:

SUMMARY: Winter will be warmer and drier than normal,
with below-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods
will be in early and late December and mid- to late January.
The coldest periods will be in early and late December
and from late January into early February. April
and May will be slightly rainier than normal, with
below-normal temperatures. Summer will be slightly
cooler and rainier than normal. The hottest periods will
be in mid- to late June and early and mid- to late July. September and October will be
cooler and rainier than normal.

General Long-Range Weather 2017

Get ready for a shift from last year!  For the winter of 2016–2017, we expect temperatures to be much colder than last winter but still above normal. Winter 2017 will also feature below-normal snowfall overall; the snowy exception is the northern tier of the U.S., which can expect to be blanketed in white.

  • Winter will be colder in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Exceptions will be in a swatch from North Dakota to Maine, which will have below-normal temperatures. Most of the Pacific states will have below-normal temperatures, with above-normal temperatures in the Intermountain region and Desert Southwest.
  • Snowfall will be above normal from southern New England and western New York southward through the Appalachians, but not in northern New England. Snowfall with also be above what’s typical from eastern Minnesota to the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan and southward to St. Louis, Missouri; and from central North Dakota westward to the Pacific. We expect below-normal snowfall in most other places that normally receive snow.
  • Precipitation will be below normal across most of the southern two-thirds of the nation. However, precipitation will be above normal in the North, with the primary exceptions being above-normal rainfall in northern California, southern Oregon, portions of the western Lower Lakes region, and Florida. With rainfall below normal in most of California, the drought there will continue.
  • In Canada, brace for more snow and colder-than-average temperatures throughout most parts of the country. The exceptions to the winter of white will be Manitoba, portions of Saskatchewan, and northern sections across the land. While snowfall will generally be below normal in these areas, temperatures will remain chilly.

There have been many almanacs over the years, but only one Old Farmer’s Almanac—North America’s biggest, best-selling, and oldest almanac since George Washington’s time as president of the U.S.!

For 225 years, we have been forecasting weather with amazing accuracy at times. Our historical average rate for “forecasting the direction of temperature and precipitation from normal” is 80%. In every annual edition, we publish our accuracy from the year before, good or bad.