(U.S.) The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2012 is predicting a mild, dry winter for Iowa in 2011-2012.
The Almanac says from November through March, temperatures will be below normal, on average, in most of New England, the Mid-Atlantic, South Florida, the Upper Midwest, the Desert Southwest, and the Pacific Southwest and above normal elsewhere. It also states that precipitation will be above normal in the eastern Ohio Valley and in the northern portions of the Upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest and below normal elsewhere. Snowfall will be above normal in most locations from New England southward to Georgia and westward across the northern tier of states to the Cascades of Washington and Oregon; it will be below normal in most other areas that typically receive snow.
The Farmer’s Almanac says they expect that the winter of 2011-2012 will not have a strong El Nino or La Nina. While most of the area from Texas and western Louisiana northward to Nebraska and Iowa will have relatively mild temperatures, on average, below-normal precipitation will increase drought concerns.