The only areas of the United States that have a great chance of seeing white on Christmas morning include the Northeast, Atlantic Corridor, Lower Lakes, and Ohio Valley. This closely mirrors the Almanac's forecast for the winter as a whole.
The oldest continuously published periodical in North America predicts that this winter will be milder than usual through much of the United States and remarkable for its lack of any prolonged cold spells. Below-normal snowfall is expected in most areas that usually get snow with one exception: a rather narrow swath extending from northeast Texas into northern New England, including northern New England southwestward through central Pennsylvania, the Ohio Valley, northern portions of the Deep South, and into northeast Texas.
According to The 2008 Old Farmer's Almanac, a few areas will buck the trend of below-average precipitation with above-normal rainfall. These include locales from Los Angeles northward to central Oregon and eastward into western Nevada.
The year in total will be what the Almanac calls a "crazy 8"-one of a long list of years ending in "8" that have witnessed wacky weather (as explained in the 2008 edition).
The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting that it will be the warmest year of the past century! Spring will come early, and summer will be hot in most areas. This could lead to drought as well as wildfire and water management issues.
The Old Farmer's Almanac is one of several publications produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire. It is available wherever books and magazines are sold.