Down East 2013 ©
If you're expecting a repeat of Maine's 2011-2012 winter of unseasonable warmth, the Farmer's Almanac says to cool your jets. According to mysterious forecaster Caleb Weatherbee, the North East is in store for a cold and snowy winter in 2013 . Last year was the fourth warmest winter since records started being kept in 1895. The Almanac, which has been published out of Lewiston, Maine since 1955, says:
"For the coming season, we’re predicting that winter will return to some – but not all – areas. We think it will be a “winter of contraries, as if Old Man Winter were cutting the country in half. The eastern half of the country will see plenty of cold and snow. The western half will experience relatively warm and dry condition. In other words, as in the political arena, the climate this winter will render us a nation divided."
In addition, they are "red flagging" February 12–15 and March 20–23, saying there could be major coastal storms along the Atlantic seaboard.
The Almanac overall has a pretty good track record, although last winter's prediction of "Average Temps, Very Stormy and Snowy" wasn't quite accurate. Maine's ski areas are hoping Caleb Weatherbee and his publishing team in Lewiston are a bit more on the money this year.