Be Prepared as Winterpalooza Part 2 Could be Headed to Texas in 2022
I know it's still mid-August and the summer temps are still reaching the upper 90's here in Central Texas, so it might be hard to think about the upcoming change in seasons. The thing is, sooner or later we will be seeing fall and eventually winter.
February of 2021 saw a winter storm (Uri) roll through Texas that would become the costliest natural disaster in the state's history, estimated at about $200 billion.
So, could we see a repeat of that in 2022? According to the Farmers Almanac, we just might.
The Farmers Almanac has been around since 1818, and many people have used its weather predictions to prepare for the upcoming year's weather trends. According to next year's Farmers Almanac, more bad weather is coming our way.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 2021-2022 Winter Outlook will see Texans “chilled to the bone” with “near normal precipitation”, saying,
“For our friends in the Southern Great Plains, including Texas and Oklahoma, we are sorry to report that late January may bring some potentially frigid and flaky weather like you experienced last winter. Hopefully, it won’t be as robust, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.”
The Almanac is also predicting that the weather across the country will be a “frosty flip-flop winter” with a mild start to January, but an eventual “cold and stormy” ending. They're also predicting February as a “much quieter”, month but with a “winter whopper” of an ending in the Northeast and Ohio Valley.
Publishers for the Farmers Almanac say their predictions are 80% to 85% accurate, but other analysis show it's more like 50% which is, by the way, a higher percentage that the groundhog day predictions.
The winter storm wasn't a treat for anyone, but let's look back at the pleasant snow day that preceded it and hope that any winter weather we get in 2022 is just light and fluffy.