Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts cooler year ahead

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NEW YORK — The Old Farmer’s Almanac Long-Range forecast for 2017 is here.

If you’re looking forward to relief from the heat wave we’ve had, you’re in luck, since the Almanac predicts that we might get tons of snow this winter.

While August and September will remain hot and bring tropical storm threats and scattered thunderstorms, as fall comes around, temperatures will be cooler.

Although winter temperatures will then be above normal, the periods of coldest weather will arrive in late December, mid- and late January and early and mid-February.

To accompany these colder temperatures, snowfall will be higher than normal in our region. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late January and early to mid-February.

Spring will be rainier than normal and temperatures will be below normal in the north.

Sweetest of all, next summer will be cooler and rainier than normal, offering relief from the scorcher we had this year. However, it’ll still be hot in July and August.

Next fall will bring slightly warmer than normal temperatures but normal rainfall.

While the Farmer’s Almanac is based on a “secret formula” that uses both historical methods and scientific calculations, it isn’t 100 percent right all of the time, as reported by CNN.

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