Farmer's Almanac releases new winter predictions, and it doesn't look good! - NBC Chicago News
A new winter forecast is melting predictions of a milder winter in the Chicago area this year. Winter is coming. But what it will look like just for a bit more confusing. A new winter forecast is melting predictions of a milder winter in the Chicago area this year, instead calling for "biting cold" and snowy conditions. The earlier prediction called for above-average temperatures for much of the country during the winter season ahead, noting a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a week El Nino. But the Farmer's Almanac says the Great Lakes will likely see teeth-chattering temperatures mid-February as an Artic front brings "Blustery and bitter winds, a sharp drop in temperature, and widespread snow showers." But there's one thing both predictions seem to agree on - above-normal precipitation. The Old Farmer's Almanac noted some of the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and part of Wisconsin, can except to see a wet season, though the almanac said it expects below-normal levels of snowfall in areas that normally get snow. The Farmer's Almanac also predicts above-normal precipitation but calls for higher levels of snowfall. According to long-range forecasts from the National Weather Service as of August, October through December are expected to see above-average temperatures with normal precipitation.
There are salt supply problems in the upper Midwest stemming from a series of events that combined into early trouble. Typically, the river system is busy in season with moving grains from the grain belt down the Mississippi River by barges to New Orleans for shipment overseas. That market right now is very robust, and the barge operators do not want to sit waiting for a salt ship to arrive to then transload into those same barges for "backhaul" up the river to various ports. There is more revenue to be gleaned by turning right around and reloading grain because salt is always trying to move on the cheap