I hate to say it, but it’s almost here. Winter. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all bad. There is a beauty in a freshly fallen snow, fun in the form of a snowman, and shredding through some fresh powder is what some of us here in Michigan wait for all year. On the other hand, it causes some issues.
It’s messy. Once you get out on the road it can be hard to travel in if you are used to it. If you live here in Michigan and have for awhile or maybe your whole life, then you know what I mean. If you’re relatively new to the state, then you’re about to find out. It also slows down traffic and clogs up roads. Then there is the sheer magnitude of all of it. It has to be plowed and shoveled and salted, sometimes everyday. Especially if you own a business. SO let’s take a look at what the outlook for this year is so you can be ready when it hits.
Trying To Predict The Unpredictable
One way that we have had a relative amount of success is from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. So how exactly does this work? If the weather guys can’t get it right for one week then how does someone predict an entire season. Well, The Farmer’s Almanac has more luck than most, but it isn’t always right either. Here’s what they say about their process. The Farmers’ Almanac uses mathematical formulas and astronomical data which are passed along to one and only one, anonymous prognosticator. The Old Farmer’s Almanac relies on a theory that weather is a result of magnetic storms on the sun’s surface. The formula is locked away somewhere at their headquarters. So without further ado, here is this year’s outlook.
“Winter temperatures will be above normal, on average, with slightly below-normal precipitation and near- to above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early and mid-January, from late January into early February, in late February, and in early and mid- to late March. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-January, early February, and early and mid-March.”
The other source for long range weather is from the NOAA, or The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They also use data to predict weather, however they follow more traditional and updated methods based on air and ocean currents. Their formulas are not secret, but they probably wouldn’t be any use to you. So here is their outlook.
“The western Great Lakes have equal chances for below, near or above average temperatures. No part of the U.S. is favored to have below-average temperatures this winter. However, cold weather is expected and some areas could still experience a colder-than-average winter. Wetter than average conditions are possible for us this Winter in the Great Lakes State and for a good majority of the Northern Tier of the United States.”
In Michigan, we always have to prepare for the worst because you never know what we could get. In both of these extended forecasts we see that we will definitely be getting some snowfall and precipitation. The possibility exists for snowfall, freezing rain, or rain. If you need to have a plow service at the ready to ensure your business or personal life doesn’t have any setback because of winter weather then call Global Outdoor and see what we can do for you. You can contact us here.