South Dakota August 28, 2018
You’ll Be Pleased To Hear That South Dakota’s Upcoming Winter Is Supposed To Be Warmer And Drier Than Ever
Remember that miserable winter that we had last year, the year before that, and essentially every one since the beginning of time?! I don’t know about you, but I just kind of assumed that every winter until the end of time would be like that for us South Dakotans, but that may not be the case this year:
The Farmers' Almanac just released their Winter Weather Map for 2018-2019 and it appears to be good news all around: Above normal temperatures (almost) everywhere!
Aside from the southwest (who is predicted to be colder-than-normal), the Farmer's Almanac is predicting milder-than-normal temperatures, thanks to a weak and foreseen El Niño, plus a decrease in solar activity.
While it is predicted that we will see less snowfall than usual, the Almanac does predict that we should see a decent amount of rain, which is both a nice and much-needed change!
On average, the winter high in South Dakota is 26.4°F with lows dropping to a frigid 6.9°F (making for an average temperature of just 16.7°F).
In terms of snowfall, South Dakota averages a whopping 41 inches of snow each year, which is nearly 15 inches more than the national average (26 inches)!
Now the million dollar question: Just how accurate are the Farmers’ predictions? As per the Farmers’ Almanac
website, "Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been known for its traditionally 80 percent accurate forecasts."
Will they be correct about winter 2018-2019? Only time will tell!
For a little humor before you go, click on
9 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A South Dakota Winter.