This winter will be a 'Polar Coaster' according to Farmers' Almanac prediction

The 2019-20 Farmers’ Almanac winter prediction is out and it's calling for "bitterly cold winter conditions" for the Midwest

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August 28, 2019 - 8:43 am
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - Frigid and snowy. That's how the 2019-20 Winter Outlook from the Farmers' Almanac describes the coming winter across the Midwest. It's predicting the worst of the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians.

The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes. 

"This Winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a 'Polar Coaster,'" states the website.

The coldest outbreak of the season should arrive during the final week of January and last through the beginning of February, according to the Almanac.

And for those who live northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes, watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January. 

The long-range outlook also says spring will be slow to start with winter lingering across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England. 

KFTK meteorologist Dave Murray gave The Dave Glover Show his extended forecast for the next three months, and his full winter forecast will be coming out in mid-November. Here's what he has so far, and you can listen to his report in the audio at the top of this page:  

SEPTEMBER:
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The major factors:
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*** Let’s start the month...first 5-6 days on the warm to hot side...then we begin the turn...with a downward trend for the bulk of the month.
*** In the end game...This will be more of the beginning of Fall rather than the end of Summer.
*** When the month is over...temperatures will be below average...the hot start will keep temps from begin well below average.
*** I don’t see any records...day or night when it comes to temperatures...and I don’t see any frost or freeze concerns...but there will be chilly nights at times...especially late month
*** What about moisture...September typically...like August is a dry month...nothing out of the ordinary this September...not too dry...not too wet.
*** Rainfall will be near to slightly below average.
*** Area rivers will continue to relax...that is great news going into Winter and next Spring.
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SEPTEMBER SIGNS

* BLACK AND WHITE GARDEN SPIDERS ARE COMMON AROUND THE HOME
* LOOK FOR PUFFBALLS AND OTHER FALL MUSHROOMS
* LISTEN FOR MIGRATING BIRDS IN THE EVENING HOURS.
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OCTOBER:
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The major factors:
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*** This is the heart of the Fall season in STL...and in my book one of the great months out of the year...not too hot...not too cold and typically on the dry side( though typical of STL...there have been some exceptions to the rule...that’s the fun in forecasting.
*** This October...temperatures will be just fine...but expecting a little up turn in temps day and night(compared to September)... balancing the books so to speak.
*** Thinking temperatures will be a touch above average for daytime highs and near average for nighttime lows...that is no complainant weather.
*** No records with temps...day or night
*** Rainfall for this October is a little tricky...and the forecasting signs are on the vague side...because of that I want to diverge on the typical dry month...not that this will be a super wet month but thinking will be great some rainfall...with the amount a little above average...that is still on the dry side.
*** For the most part...harvest time should not have any major impact with the slightly above average rains.
*** No impact on the area rivers...large or small.
*** Look for a fast second season of a thunderstorm pattern between the 20th and 28th of the month
*** The fall colors peak the last weekend of October.
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OCTOBER SIGNS
* PERSIMMONS START TO RIPEN
* LOOK FOR SPIDERS BALLOONING ON GOSSAMERS ON CLEAR, WINDY DAYS
* THE JUNCOS(BIRDS) ARRIVE FROM CANADA
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NOVEMBER:
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The major factors:
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*** A steady cool down night and day from start to finish...a solid chill taking over...temperatures for the month will be below average...nothing weird but expect that chill.
*** I don’t see any records...hot or cold.
*** One or two frost and freezes late night/early morning after the 20th of the month
*** Moisture will be above average for the month...a fair share of rain and in November that is wet as the Winter season starts to take over with an active storm track...think more large scale storms rather than thunderstorms.
*** It is November...and, of course, the snow bunnies start to chatter...what about snow...I don’t see any large storm systems that would bring snow...but I do think we will see some light snow and flurries...a few times mid and late month.
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NOVEMBER SIGNS

* BIRDS BEGIN GATHERING AT THE FEEDERS
* SCAN THE LEAFLESS TREES FOR PAPER NEST OF THE BALD-FACED HORNETS
* WOODCHUCKS ARE ASLEEP IN UNDERGROUND NESTS
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Enjoy the Fall season...we all know it will fly by...it is the season that is very pretty and pleasant most of the time in STL..but it is also the season that we step down into the next season...that of course is Winter...no hints at this point...you all know I like to give the weather a chance and patterns do start to set up especially in October with solid clues about the Winter season. So enjoy the Fall season, the changing tree colors and pumpkin time and football...my Winter forecast will be out mid to late November.

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