By: Adam McManus
According to the Farmeras Almanac, it appears that the winter will be colder and wetter than normal with higher than normal snowfall amounts. In the Spring, April and May are predicted to be cooler with less rainfall than normal.
Please see details below for the Winter of 2016, including January, February & March:
DECEMBER 2016: temperature 37.5A (3A avg.); precipitation 4a3 (1a3 above avg.)
The Farmeras Almanac forecasted snowy periods in the 1st week of December 2015, snow and rain precipitation in the 2nd and 3rd weeks, and possible heavy snow towards the last two weeks of the month. The 1st two weeks have been milder than predicted with little precipitation.
Milder temperatures for the New York area are predicted for the next two weeks. If this is the case, the average temperature for the month of December will be much warmer than predicted in the Farmeras Almanac.
JANUARY 2016: temperature 32A (3A below avg.); precip 2.5a (1a below avg.).
The Almanac predicts snow showers and cold days through the middle of January. Rain and snow mix is expected for the remainder of the month with some milder sunny days.
FEBRUARY 2016: temperature 38A (4A below avg.); precip 5a ( 2a above avg.).
According to the Almanac, the 1st few days may be sunny and mild. The 2nd week is predicted to have some rainy days and sunny days mixed with snow and cold. Periods of rain showers are predicted through the 3rd week, and periods of snow and rain are expected during the last week.
MARCH 2016: temperature 42A (2A below avg.); precip 3a ( 1a below avg.).
According to the Almanac, the 1st few days may be sunny and cold. The 2nd week is predicted to have some rainy days and mild days. Through the 3rd week, rain and cold is expected. The last couple of weeks may have snow for a few days and a few sunny days. It is not clear at this point if the weather will be conducive to begin construction projects in early March when the temperatures are rising.
In summary, the coldest periods were predicted for late December and the 1st few weeks in January. The snowiest periods are predicted to be in mid and late December, late January, and mid February. Details for the spring months of 2016 will be released in the March newsletter.