We want to know what to wear, when to plant crops, and where to go on vacation. The weather reports can help us make some of those decisions. There are also some publications that try to predict long-term weather patterns. The first to come to mind is the Farmers' Almanac, but they are not the only game in town.

There are two "Almanacs," the Farmers' Almanac and the Old Farmer's Almanac. Both publications do similar things, but in this story, they have conflicting forecasts for Wyoming. The biggest difference being The Farmers' Almanac predictions are for a much larger area than the Old Farmer's Almanac.

According to the 2018 Farmer's Almanac, this winter in Wyoming will be cold and snowy. They predict that the "teeth-chattering" cold will hit mid-February with snow and wind to accompany.

[A]s the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac suggests, a stormier-than-normal March could push snowfall totals to above normal over the northern and central Rockies and Plains - The Farmers' Almanac Weather Outlook 2019

The Old Farmer's Almanac has a slightly different forecast for Casper. They are predicting a warmer and drier winter. Both Almanacs agree that February will bring the coldest temperatures, but that is about all they have in common.

Snowfall will be below average in the east and above normal in the west, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late December, late January, and late March - The Old Farmer's Almanac Long Range Casper Forecast

The Old Farmer's Almanac also believes April and May will bring additional precipitation to the area, and we will have an extra hot summer in 2019.

We don't know which is correct, but living in Wyoming, we can expect few things this winter: cold, wind, and snow.

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