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The Farmer’s Almanac 2022-23 Northwest Winter Forecast

The Farmer’s Almanac has released its 2022-23 winter outlook, telling many across the U.S. to “get ready to ‘Shake, shiver, and shovel!’”

“According to our extended forecasts, this winter season will have plenty of snow, rain, and mush—as well as some record-breaking cold temperatures!” the venerable Almanac said.

But what’s in store for the Pacific Northwest? Residents in Oregon, Washington and Idaho can look forward to “Brisk Normal Precipitation,” according to the weather monitor.

Although the first day of winter is officially Dec. 21, the Farmer’s Almanac says it will start feeling like winter earlier this year than last year for many across the U.S.

“With a rare third consecutive La Niña winter in the forecast, Washington could be in for a colder than usual winter, according to assistant state climatologist Karin Bumbaco.

The La Niña pattern that has been in effect for over two years has a good chance of extending into early next year, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. The center is predicting colder than usual temperatures from December through February.

During La Niña events, trade winds are stronger than usual, pushing more warm water toward Asia and increasing the cold water upwelling on the western coasts of the Americas, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These cold waters in the Pacific push the jet stream northward, leading to drought in the southern U.S. and heavy rains and flooding in the Northwest and Canada. During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are higher than normal in the South and lower than normal in the North, according to NOAA.” [QHEAC]

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