I hate even thinking about this, much less talking about it, but, winter is on it's way.

And if you know anything about Old Man Winter, you know he loves to crash the party here in South Dakota long before the official start of winter which by the way, is Thursday, December 21st in case you're wondering.

After last year's brutal winter here in the Sioux Empire, many of us are wondering what kind of pounding Mother Nature has planned for us this year.

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Will it be on the mild side, or bitter cold, filled with numerous snowstorms that will have us wearing our long johns shoveling the white stuff until dare I say May?

According to the gang at Climate.gov, there is an El Niño weather pattern brewing for the latter half of 2023, that in theory will spill over into the winter of 2024. If true, it should mean a warmer winter weather season for those of us here in the Dakotas. Can I get a Hallelujah?

Climate.gov winter 2023-24 map

But, now for the buzz kill portion of this story. Unfortunately, the folks at the Farmer's Almanac are telling a different tale. (Imagine that, two different places disagreeing on the weather, who'd a thunk, right?)

The Farmer's Almanac claims here in the Midwest region of the country we are in store for plenty of cold temperatures and occasional widespread snow storms this winter. Oh, joy!

Farmer's Almanac 2023-24 winter map
Farmer's Almanac

According to Farmer's Almanac, when you factor in the El Niño weather pattern forming and combine it with their tried-and-true forecast formula, it means that cold temperatures should prevail throughout the country bringing snow, sleet, and ice.

In other words, another bitch of a winter, that will supposedly linger into March and April yet again. Swell!

So, now the question becomes, who is right and who is wrong?

Either way, you better prepare yourself to start chillin', because it's beginning to look as if the BRRR is coming back baby!

Source: Climate.gov/Farmer's Almanac

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