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Editorial: What’s normal?

This winter, so far, hasn’t been that bad. But we’re only a couple of weeks into the season and, with meteorologists rarely looking beyond the next five or 10 days, who knows what’s in store for the months ahead? The weekend ahead, for instance, is due to bring an icy and possibly snowy blast.

Of course, we could turn to the source our parents and grandparents trusted. The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac—that closely watched prognosticator of the weather—calls for winter temperatures in the area to be above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in late December, early to mid- and mid- to late January and early and mid-February. If you’re looking for snow, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says, the best chances are mid- to late January and early to mid-February.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s rival, the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, says that the Mid-Atlantic states will be experiencing “penetrating cold and very wet” this wi...

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