Amarillo, You Might Need A Thicker Coat This Winter…
It seems like this year has flown by. One minute we're celebrating a new year, and the next we're already creeping into September while there's still a few warm days ahead of us, old man winter is in his garage tuning up his car, adding some horsepower and getting ready for his next run.
The folks with Farmers Almanac have put out their annual outlook for the rest of this year into 2022. Wait... are we really talking about '22 already? According to them it looks like we need to get our coats on and get ready:
And for our friends in the Southern Great Plains, including Texas and Oklahoma, we are sorry to report that late January may bring some potentially frigid and flaky weather like you experienced last winter. Hopefully, it won’t be as robust, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
It's not just snow
The other part of the forecast calls for below normal temperatures in february:
Well below-normal over the Central US, and near-normal across the western US, especially in February. So if you’ve been putting off buying those sale long johns or portable hand warmers, you may want to rethink it.
They go on to mention that the cold will last through most of March along with near normal rainfall for us. the biggest thing was seeing some of the forecasting terms on this map
Chilled to the Bone... sounds nice and miserable. By the way if you're wondering how often the folks at Farmers' Almanac get it right... they claim about an 80% track record for their predictions. The folks over at NOAA admit they can hit 90% within 5 days but after 10 those numbers drop to 50/50. No better or worse than a groundhog in Pennsylvania.
Numbers aside, We live in the Panhandle, it gets cold. we already know that. but for now the thin barbed wire on the Oklahoma line holding winter back seems to be working... for now.