It’s hard to think about Winter 2021-2022 when it’s been so hot in Alabama. However, it will be here before we know it, along with the holiday season. Winter technically starts on December 21st, but meteorologically it begins on December 1st.

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Many people live by the code of predictions from the Farmers’ Almanac. For the most part, its forecasting has been pretty close for our area. The Farmers’ Almanac predicted that our summer would be “cooler and rainier than normal, with the hottest period in mid-July.”

If you are hoping for a winter wonderland this winter season, be prepared for temperature fluctuations, precipitation, and conditions. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a “frosty flip-flop winter” for the United States. It zoned in on a “quite chilly, mixed bag of precipitation” for the southern states for our winter outlook.

What is a mixed bag of precipitation?

The precipitation associated with a mixed bag is cold rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. A mixed bag of precipitation means that you could experience at the same time more than one type of winter precipitation. It can also mean that different precipitation could occur during a forecast period.

How can different types of precipitation happen at the same time?

It truly happens due to the temperature profiles of the various precipitation types. A slight change in a temperature profile can change from one precipitation to another. Also, the range of the air temperature comes into play as well. The Thought Co explains it best as the “temperature is above freezing, the precipitation will, of course, be rain, but how warm above freezing they are will determine how cool the raindrops will be once they hit the ground. On the other hand, if the temperature is below freezing, the precipitation will fall as snow, sleet, or freezing rain depending on how much lower than freezing the range of air temperatures is.”

(Source) Click here for more information from the Farmers’ Almanac. Click here for more details from the Thought Co.

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