The Farmer’s Almanac claims to have an 80% accuracy rate which is pretty good considering how far out they forecast. Back in April, they released their summer forecast which called for “searing” summer temps and stormy weather. We’ve certainly had the hot weather, but the storms haven’t materialized yet.

I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about the weather and how hot it has been this summer – Not me though! I’ll gladly take the heat and humidity over the snow and cold. So, when I saw the Farmer’s Almanac was calling for a “flip-flop” winter I got a little excited. When I think flip-flops, I think of warm weather. Unfortunately, that’s not what they meant. Read what a “Flip-Flop” winter is below.

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Farmer’s Almanac’s “Flip-Flop” Prediction For Minnesota Winter

Managing Editor Sandi Duncan told our sister station, WJON, that we should have a long fall because winter will take its time getting here.

Duncan said the “Flip” comes in January, “January is kind of weird because it starts off not that bad but then gets very stormy in January. In fact, we have a blizzard predicted from January 20th through the 23rd. And then February is where the cold comes in.”

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The flop comes later when we’re counting down the days until spring. Duncan says, “Unfortunately, March looks very stormy. We're actually calling for some stormy conditions in the middle of the month and the unusual thing is if you look even further ahead in April, we're calling for possible late-season blizzard across the region. SO, winter is going to hang on.”

Overall the extended forecast calls for average snowfall in our region and colder than normal temperatures, especially in February and March.

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