Winter 2019-2020: Get in tune for a ‘wild ride’ of snow


Weather forecasters are singing a snowy tune, and to us it sounds like pure Bohemian Rhapsody.

You can expect heavier than normal snowfalls for 2019-2020 winter season in western Canada, The Old Farmers’ Almanac predicts. That might stir feelings of dread for daily commuters, but it’s the best kind of news for powder hounds like us.

For those of us who live for November-to-May ski season, the forecasts for a snowier than normal winter just add to the stoke. We’ll soon be tuning our skis and boards, shopping for new gear and planning our ski trip itineraries.

The Almanac recently trotted out its winter crystal ball, and it’s showing a motherlode of snow on our local ski slopes in western Canada. (Winter wusses will just have to suck it up.)

The Almanac’s experts are predicting the prairie provinces will get their first dump of snow by mid-November (yes!) with a high chance of precipitation. We’ll get more again in late January and early February, along with a lower-than-normal temperatures. That only means one thing: We’ll pile on the layers and carve the dry powder with grins beneath our face masks.

“We expect yet another wild ride this winter with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls,” says Peter Geiger, an editor at the Almanac, in a recent news release. “This winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a 'Polar Coaster,’” the Alamanac states on its website.

Although it’ll be colder than normal in mid-December through late February, we’ll happily run with that “hefty” snowfall bit. Check out the detail in the Almanac’s map

Predicting winter has become pretty science-y at the Old Farmers’ Almanac, which has been foretelling the seasons’ weather patterns since 1792. Staff there now use the same data as Environment Canada, but weigh the data differently in their calculations. The Almanac uses a three-pronged formula for its long-range weather predictions based on 30-year statistical averages, plus the study of solar activity, atmospheric conditions and prevailing weather patterns.

It also keeps a dose of charming folklore in the mix. (Have you noticed the corn husks are thicker this year? We didn’t think so.)

Who’s to argue? After all, over the years it’s honed its predictions and claims to be bang on 80 per cent of the time.

Those are some pretty good odds and we’ll see you soon out on the slopes.

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