It has been a strange year for weather in Utah. With a wet winter, soggy spring and a summer that started out mild and then cranked up the temperature, what do August and September hold for us? What does winter look like?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been predicting the weather in the United States since 1792. This is from their site:
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest almanac in the country—started when George Washington was president.
The weather calculations are based on a formula developed by the founder of the almanac and is held close to the vest by the publishers. It has been used by Americans over the years for long term predictions of seasons. Again, from the site:
"Yes, each edition calculates the tides and times for fishermen, travelers, sailors, bookkeepers, beekeepers, gardeners, prognosticators, pollsters, politician, cooks, and really anyone who walks this Earth, including farmers."
So, what does the Old Farmer's Almanac predict for the next couple of months? This fall the Almanac says the intermountain region will have lower than usual temperatures and less precipitation. If this is correct, Southern Utah should cool down in August and September.
What do the winter months hold for Utah according to the Almanac? It says that winter will be warmer for the mountain region, however, precipitation levels will be above average. This is good news for an area that has had low precipitation in the years previous. It would also be good for Lake Powell that could still use another good water year.