It is no secret that I despise summer, and if I could design my own little world it would be 68 degrees from spring to fall, with heavy fog every single day. This is all a long way of saying that I am incredibly excited for the arrival of autumn, and I have been watching for signs with an eagle's eye. Luckily, the various wildflowers never lie about the arrival of cool weather, and the Farmers Almanac promises a splendid season...at least for me! Read through to the end for the forecast!
Mother Nature does a much better job predicting the weather forecast than any meteorologist, and as you can see in this photo of our maple tree, the leaves are already preparing for the arrival of some cool weather. Is there anything more beautiful than fall leaves littered across the lawn?
Acorns falling from the oak tree are another good sign!
Golden Rod, one of my favorite fall flowers, only appears at the onset of cool nights and favorable fall weather. Once you see it's beautiful, dainty blooms, you can rest assured that your summer is quickly drawing to an end.
Chicory, commonly confused with bachelor buttons, tend to cover our hillsides more towards summers end.
Autumn sneezeweed. Just the name makes me happy!
Small white wood aster is another flower that predicts the coming cool weather.
Late flowering Thoroughwort is a guarantee that fall is arriving, as the bloom season only occurs once summer has passed (hence the name).
Now, on to what I am sure most of you are here for...the fall and winter forecast for our area. I won't go into all of the specifics, but you can purchase the digital edition directly from their website by clicking here. It is quite cheap, and contains a plethora of useful information. I make sure to grab a copy every year. They have been predicting the weather with an 80% accuracy since 1818, which I consider to be quite amazing considering our local meteorologist couldn't predict his way out of a box. NOTE: The following forecasts are ONLY for the Ohio Valley, which includes the entire state of Kentucky.
This forecast is available for free from the Farmer's Almanac website at this page. Sign up for a free account and you can get a 4 month detailed forecast (like October below) for free!
1st-3rd. Sunny and cold.
4th-7th. Showers, especially Great Lakes.
12th-15th. Cold winds and rain for the Ohio River east, followed by clearing.
16th-19th. Showers Great Lakes.
20th-23rd. Cold, dry weather moves in.
24th-27th. Wet weather, then clearing and colder.
28th-31st. Cold and dry in time for trick-or-treating.
Slightly cooler than average with slightly less precipitation. Expect snow flurries, then showers, with quite a few rainy days.
Much colder than normal, with slightly less precipitation. Expect a lot of rain and a little snow, with a pretty good chance of a white Christmas.
Much warmer than usual, with average precipitation. Expect a lot of rain, with a little chance of snow.
Cooler than usual, with much less precipitation. Expect cold rain, some mild weather, then a chance of snow.
Much colder than usual, with much less precipitation. Expect snow to turn to rain with a few thunderstorms.
Overall, you can conclude that it will be a much colder winter than usual with a lot less snow, but quite a bit of ice. Depressing, I know. Thomas and I are longing for a snow storm so severe that we are stranded in our home for days on end, and it doesn't look like we have a very good chance! What happened to the snowstorms of our childhood, when it would get up to 3' deep? Does anyone else enjoy the solitude and peace of mind a good storm brings? Did you hope for more snow? I suppose we can always hope that the 20% error rate will grant us our wishes...fingers crossed!