Last August, the Old Farmer's Almanac released their predictions for the 2017-2018 winter season. Some people brush off the findings each year but I like to see what they have to say. I don't put a lot of weight in it but I still think it can be fun once in awhile.

It was late last year when I first looked at the Almanac. Forecasters predicted a white Christmas and a cold start to the new year with temperatures becoming more mild halfway through January.

The predictions stated sunshine would return near the end of the month with mild conditions continuing from January 27th to the 31st.

According to the Almanac, things will change a bit as we head into February. The first few days of the month will bring sunshine with cold temperatures. It will be mild at times.

We will see flurries and showers for the second half of the month.

If you are sad about this, don't fret. Some good news is forecasters are predicting an average temperature of about 16 degrees. That is 4 degrees about average. We won't complain about that.

They make predictions based on region, obviously. Minnesota falls into the Upper Midwest. This includes parts of Michigan, Minnesota, North & South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Whether you believe in their long-term forecasting or not, they usually boast 80% success rate. They track the weather about a year-and-a-half in advance.

I guess we will have to wait and see!

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