Did the heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures come as a surprise to you this winter? You are not alone.
Last fall the official government weather bureau, known as the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (CPC) predicted that temperatures would be above normal from November through January across much of the iower 48 states.
Dead wrong, as we know.
Not one of our better forecasts,” admits Mike Halpert, the CPC’s acting director. Source
2013–2014 U.S. Weather Highlights: Frigid Winter With Bitter Cold and Heavy Snow
Brrrrr! It looks like global warming will soon be taking a vacation to make room for Old Man Winter Source
The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first published during the first term of George Washington and claims 80% accuracy in predicting the weather.
“This winter is shaping up to be a rough one,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season. The good news is that the extra precipitation—which will fall as rain or snow depending where you are—will help with any drought issues left over from the summer.” Source
CPC climatologists say they are going to use this big winter screw-up as a learning experience.
Maybe they will start taking those Wooly Bear Caterpillars more seriously.