El Nino winters are supposed to bring us a more mild winter in North Dakota.

Not according to The Old Farmer's Almanac winter forecast for North Dakota, which just came out today.  More on that in a moment.

The Farmer's Almanac also came out recently with its prediction for the winter of 2024 for North Dakota.  It wasn't pretty.  You can read about that here. 

So, what exactly is the difference between the Farmer's Almanac and the Old Farmer's Almanac? 

Good question right?  Both have been around for a long time.  According to Treehugger, the Old Farmer's Almanac has been around since 1792 and is based out of New Hamshire.  Their formula for predicting the weather has a lot to do with what's going on with the sun.  They claim to have an 80% accuracy rate. 

The Farmer's Almanac is also as old as dirt.  Not quite as old though.  It's been around since 1818 and is based out of Maine.  They also use the sun in their formula for predicting the weather and claim to have an 80 to 85% accuracy rate.

Both of these publications seem to be in agreement on this year's winter forecast for North Dakota.

The Old Farmers Almanac
The Old Farmers Almanac

The Brrr is BACK baby.  The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a snowy and cold winter.  Our little slice of the 701 in the High Plains is expecting slightly above-normal snowfall (which is 46 inches of snow for Bismarck) with the snowiest periods in late November, mid-December, and mid-January (remember, snow is a poor man's fertilizer).

Temperatures will also be colder than normal, with bone-chilling weather expected in late November, late December, and early to mid-January, as well as early February (basically the whole winter).

This goes against a typical El Nino winter pattern which once again, usually leads to a milder, dryer winter.  I guess we'll see who's correct, The Old Farmer's Almanac, The Farmer's Almanac, or El Nino.  Let's hope it's the latter.

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