The Old Farmer's Almanac has made it's prediction for our upcoming winter.

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If you're not a fan of bitter cold (honestly, who is?), this winter holds promise here in Iowa. The Old Farmer's Almanac expects a milder than normal winter with the coldest temperatures in January and early February. January is actually the only month they predict below normal temperatures so that might be a good month for a southern destination vacation. December is expected to be especially warm.

How 'bout the white stuff? The winter of 2016-17 should be drier than normal, though we'll be near, to slightly above, the norm for snow. November, January, February, and March are all forecast to be below normal for precipitation, with December expected to be well above. Let's keep it out of the holidays, what do you say? Unless it's rain. I'm not even using that three letter word that begins with i and ends with e.

Perhaps the biggest concern of the long-range forecast is the fear of drought. From November of 2016 through June of 2017, the Old Farmer's Almanac expects us to see above average precipitation in only December and April.

Time will tell and the forecasts will turn into reality. However, I'll tell you this... a winter with above-normal temperatures is a forecast I can give thumbs-up to.

[via Old Farmer's Almanac]