Almanac predicts cold, wet winter in Cypress

CYPRESS — Whether you’re looking at Tropical Disturbance “Invest 99L” as this year’s Hurricane Harvey, or if you’re hoping that football season will produce some crisp, chilly district and playoff games, the weather is always the talk of the town around this time of year.

For today, it’s still hot.

However, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has a long range prediction of a hurricane threat this Aug. 28-31 to end the month. Despite that threat, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters lowered the expectations of hurricanes last week.

Map of Atlantic disturbances from the National Hurricane Center on Aug. 16, 2018. Invest 99L is marked by the yellow X in the bottom center of the image.

But as we look at the transition to fall and winter, the almanac has a historical leg up with predicting the seasonal weather.

“This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than average,” according to the almanac’s winter weather forecast for this year. “While much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal.”

While in recent years Cypress has been on the cusp of snowy winter times, the almanac’s countrywide map shows that the snow should stay just north of our area this year.

The almanac boasts an 80% accuracy rate, stemming from a combination of old timey knowledge that only comes from being in publication since the Young Republic era, combined with modern weather prediction technology.

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Creighton Holub

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