We are seeing many natural signs that this upcoming winter will be epic! Some say it is because the muskrats have burrowed their homes deeper into the muddy river banks in preparation for a colder and snowier than normal winter and others say it is the heightened activity of squirrels and bears as they both try and store as much food as possible to survive a long hard winter.
Some rely on the Farmer’s Almanac- here is there report for the Northern and Southern Rockies region of the United States. With Fernie so close to the US border just above Whitefish, Montana it is sometimes better to roll with these predictions.
OCTOBER 2014: temperature 50° (1° below avg.); precipitation 1.5″ (0.5″ above avg.); Oct 1-6: Rain to wet snow, then sunny, cool; Oct 7-13: Sunny north, rainy periods south; cool; Oct 14-19: Sunny; warm, then cool; Oct 20-27: Showers, then sunny, mild; Oct 28-31: Rain to snow.
NOVEMBER 2014: temperature 38° (2° below avg.); precipitation 0.5″ (1″ below avg.); Nov 1-7: Sunny; mild north, cold south; Nov 8-14: Rain and snow showers, then sunny, cold; Nov 15-23: Snow showers, cold; Nov 24-30: Snow showers, cold north; sunny, mild south.
Annual Weather Summary: November 2014 to October 2015
Winter temperatures will be above normal, with below-normal snowfall and with precipitation above normal north, below south. The coldest periods will be late December and mid- to late February north, and mid-December south. The snowiest period in northern and central sections will be in early December; mid-February and early to mid-March in the south.
Empire News also reported ‘shattering snowfall’ for this upcoming winter and their report shows a forecast for the same region noted above with the notation of ‘Above Normal Snowfall’
Chances are you will hear a lot about El Niño in the next month or two. Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened, which will produce not just record-breaking snowfall, but according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, a doctor of global weather sciences, record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States.