Do you think next winter might be another cold one?
Weather Bell’s Joe Bastardi, in his Saturday Summary for March 15, 2014, says that’s what they are telling their commercial clients. Along with the Farmer’s Almanac, Weather Bell did a much better job at predicting this bad winter of 13/14 than did the National Weather Service.
I don’t know what the winter will bring next year. No one really does, of course. I think there is a good probability of another cooler winter than what we’ve had most of the last many years, though.
In the picture at the top of the page, I’m clearing up some of the storm damage from the December ice storm. The trees are actually quite a ways from the house, so there wasn’t a high priority in getting the debris cleaned up. I’ll probably end up cutting down one large tree. That will give us enough firewood for next winter, even if it’s as bad as this one. We use the fireplace, which has an insert, to augment our heat pump on the coldest days – and we used it a lot more this year than we normally do. The firewood in the image below is just from tree branches and one small tree a bit bigger than a sapling.
Spring this year is far behind normal. The early daffodils are blooming as are our few crocuses, but tree buds are not nearly as far along as I would expect. The following video is from March 15th, 2012.
Right now, the wind is howling, temperatures are dropping, and we’re supposed to get snow/sleet this afternoon, with a chance for snow over night – but, then Tuesday’s high is supposed to be near 70.