Old Farmer’s Almanac: Winter in Pittsburgh Will Be Warmer, But…
In its 225th year, the reference book on weather suggests we tune up our snow-removal equipment.
photo by Richard Cook
The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a mixed forecast for Pittsburgh's upcoming winter season.
The good news: temperatures will be warmer than normal, particularly in December. Snowfall is predicted to be above average with the heaviest snow occurring between late January and early February.
The National Weather Service agrees.
“We're looking for about a 33 percent chance for above-normal temperatures … with near-normal precipitation,” from October through December, Lee Hendricks, meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Moon, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “For the December-January-February period, we're looking at basically near-normal temperatures and trending over toward above-normal precipitation.”
Looking beyond the winter season, the Almanac predicts April and May will be warmer and drier than normal and summer will be cooler and slightly drier than normal.
The Almanac boasts an 80-percent accuracy rate, which is certainly good, but for our money –– this guy is always hard to beat.