As the end of 2013 quickly approaches and New Years Resolutions fill early 2014 - predictions are also high on the list for the future of Americans. Most of us love predictions and getting a peek into the future. No doubt the reason for the enormous amount of psychics and fortune tellers all over the world.
Since weather has been a major focus for 2013 - and without looking too much in the 'rear view mirror' recall the hurricanes, tornados, torrential rain and the frigid cold that could all gladly be left in the past. But, many Americans are still in a deep freeze, without power, with not an end in sight in the near future.
With all of these bizarre and extreme weather patterns - attributed to global warming - here's hoping it doesn't get much worse.
The Farmers Almanac has been the go-to weather predictor since 1792... as their website states: Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air.
This weather authority (Farmers Almanac) has predicted some more extreme weather for 2014. Their words, "The 'Days of Shivery' are back!
For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation."
Only the far West and Southeast will have a some semblance of winter temperatures near normal, but it will still be colder than usual.
NASA predicts extremes - While the continental U.S. shivered through an abnormally cold spell in December 2013, Alaska experienced record-breaking heat. Both extremes were caused by an unusual kink in the northern hemisphere’s polar jet stream, which caused frigid Arctic air to move south and warm air to head north.
The 2014 storm predictions from Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) are calling for severe hurricanes and forecasts hurricanes at 17 named storms for 2014.
Further details on weather predictions for your part of the world can be seen at the Farmers Almanac website.
The biggest recommendation from experts when talking about weather extremes due to climate change is preparation. Get those generators and candles - have an emergency kit in your home and vehicle, and talk with your family about escape routes and meeting places. And by all means, include your animal family in your plans.
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