Stormy December lies ahead

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Expect a snowier winter and a wetter spring: Old Farmers Almanac

Mild temperatures but more snow this winter is predicted for central and northern Nova Scotia, says an editor with the Old Farmers Almanac.

Mild temperatures but more snow this winter is predicted for central and northern Nova Scotia, says an editor with the Old Farmers Almanac.

Were looking for, in central Nova Scotia, having an especially stormy December and actually into early January, said Jack Burnett. As a whole trend for this winter... were seeing more moisture in the air, so were looking for a snowier winter and a wetter spring.

The 2008 Canadian edition of the almanac recently went on sale at many stores across the country. The almanac says a La Nina will prevail this winter, combining with a positive arctic oscillation to result in near to slightly above normal temperatures with well above normal precipitation.

It will be a traditional snowy winter but you might see a little more ice and sleet because the temperatures will be slightly warmer than normal, Burnett said from the almanacs head office in Dublin, New Hampshire.

The spring is going to be wetter than normal and the temperatures are going to be warmer than normal by about a degree.

It could be a record setting year if the almanac, which boasts an 80 per cent success rate, is on the money.

Were looking for the warmest year on record in Canada as a whole, Burnett said.

The record was set in 1998 but they are not predicting it to be much more than a quarter of a degree higher this year.

While the rest of Eastern Canada is looking at a cooler summer, the almanac is pointing to Nova Scotia to being warmer. Mid-June and mid-July are expected to be the warmest periods.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Northern Nova Scotia, Eastern Canada Dublin, New Hampshire

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