The early mornings are starting to feel like fall around East Central Alberta and that means winter isn't all that far away.
With that in mind, the Old Farmer's Almanac has come out with its winter 2017-18 forecast.
"It looks like overall, your winter's not going to be too bad," revealed Sandi Duncan, Managing Editor for the Old Farmer's Almanac. "We're calling for above normal temperatures and moderate snowfall, so if you like to ski it looks like it'll be a pretty decent amount, but it won't be bitterly cold so it shouldn't be too bad of a winter."
"Not to say that there won't be some cold conditions and some big snow," she cautioned. "In the middle of January we're calling for very cold temperatures and in the beginning of February some heavy snow, but ultimately it doesn't look like too bad of a winter."
The Old Farmer's Almanac uses a 200 year old proprietary mathematical formula that takes sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon and position of the planets into consideration. While some forecasts turn out to be more accurate than others, she noted their record is similar to that of traditional meteorologists.
"We really try to give people a planning guide to get an idea of what the upcoming season or next couple of seasons are going to bring," she stated. "People like to plan, whether it's for skiing or whether it's for taking a vacation or sometimes there's a big event like a wedding, and we're one of the only sources that will go out and tell you what our forecast says."
To learn more about what the Old Farmer's Almanac has to say about the coming winter, follow this link.