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What will winter in Lubbock be like this year? Snowpocalypse? Freezing? Ice? Maybe not, according to the long term forecast from the Old Farmer's Almanac.

From the almanac:

Winter will be milder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall in places that normally receive snow. The coldest periods will be in mid-November, early to mid-December, and late January. The best chance for snow will be in late January.

Perhaps the adage that a mild summer means an intense winter might not be true this winter, at least for Lubbock. I certainly hope that's the case after the fiasco that most of Texas experienced with an unusually cold winter coupled with a troubled power grid. And while snow is quite pretty, I can't but help sort of hating it, as driving in Lubbock in the snow is basically an exercise in Mad Max-esque chaos.

The forecast goes on through the rest of 2022:

April and May will be cooler and rainier than normal. Summer will be cooler than normal, with the hottest periods in mid-June, mid- to late July, and mid-August. Rainfall will be below normal in the north and above normal in the south. September and October will be cooler than normal, with rainfall below normal in the north and above normal in the south.

I really, really hope this is accurate, as I've really enjoyed this milder, rainier summer and would definitely prefer that be the case for the rest of...forever.

Of course, long-term forecasts may not hold entirely true, and they lack day-to-day or even week-to-week nuance. It's just an estimate of what will likely happen, based on previous data.

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