It has been a fantastic fall here in Bozeman and Montana.

The temperatures have been great and the leaves are stunning, I love fall and have really enjoyed the last several weeks.  However, as we near November and the Holidays we all know what's around the corner.


I spent the last four winters in the coldest city in the continental U.S. with wind chills hitting 80 below at times. So anything compared to that seems mild.

Some folks can't stand winter, me, I don't mind it all that much.  In fact, I welcome it.  I love the snow, I don't mind the cold, and winter means winter stuff, like sledding, chili, Christmas, and all the other awesome stuff that goes with it.

So, what are we looking at as far a the upcoming winter goes?  I'll be honest, I don't necessarily trust weather folk. I mean, let's be honest, name me another job that you can be wrong like 60 percent of the time and still keep your job?

So I decided to look and see what the Old Farmer's Alamac had to say.

It would seem they are predicting a "Season of Shivers" for much of the United States and that does include Montana. “This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years."  That's according to the Editor of the Almanac, Janice Stillman.

Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Looking at the map of Montana, it looks like the western part of the state is in for a cold and dry winter, while the rest of Montana is looking at mild and snowy. In fact, according to the Almanac above average snowfall is predicated for eastern Montana through the western part of the Dakotas.

So which would you rather have? Cold and dry or mild and snowy?

It would appear that Bozeman is kind of on the edge of the map for both. So, might we see a cold and snowy winter? Or a mild and dry one?  Who knows, and the truth is you have a 60 percent chance of being wrong, and apparently that's ok.

Credit: Farmer's Almanac

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