Dissecting the Old Farmer’s Almanac

ICYMI: The 2017 long range weather forecast from the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been posted and things are certainly looking up for the coming ski season at Sunday River.

These predictions are calculated right in our backyard (read: Lewiston, Maine) 18 months in advance, and  they’re accurate about 80 percent of the time. Despite less-than-certain stats in 200 years of forecasting, my frosty glass is typically half full… of beer. (But that’s a story for another time.) All I’m saying is that I’m optimistic as ever that this season is one to be stoked for.

SundayRiver_2015Feb19-22The latest annual weather summary runs from November 2016 to October 2017, which encompasses most of our coming season besides those glorious pre-season October days.

“Winter will be colder than normal, on average, with slightly above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- and late December, mid- and late January, mid-February, and early March. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, late January, mid- and late February, and early to mid-March. April and May will be slightly cooler than normal, with above-normal rainfall.”


Let’s decode that weather speak: Colder than normal temperatures means more snowmaking. Near-normal snowfall means plenty of powder days. And above-normal precipitation means that there may be some days where you’ll be testing the Gore-Tex in your outerwear. But no matter how things shake out, it’s time to tune your skis, start airing out your gear, and get psyched for the season ahead.