Farmers’ Almanac: Hot, hazy, humid, wet summer forecast for region

WASHINGTON — It’s going to be a “keep the lemonade coming” kind of summer for the D.C. area, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

“We are expecting warmer than normal temperatures,” Managing Editor Sandi Duncan said. “It’s going to be steamy, that’s for sure.”

The Farmers’ Almanac splits the U.S. into seven zones. The D.C. metro area is in zone one. Farther north in zone one, the summer forecast is for a drier than usual season, Duncan said.

“But you guys are right on that line where we seem to see a lot of bouts of precipitation. So, I think it’s going to be one of these hazy, hot, humid and kind of wet summers on tap for you,” Duncan predicted.

The three-month outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released last week calls for an above average chance for above average temperatures within the next 90 days. It also predicts a slightly above average chance for above average rainfall.

The Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions released in the current edition in August 2017 include numerous factors.

“We base our long-range weather forecast on a mathematical and astronomical formula that takes a lot of things into consideration, including the moon and the pull that the moon has on our atmosphere,” Duncan said. “We do our best, but no one is 100 percent accurate.”

After last year’s hurricane season, people living in storm-prone areas might be ready to embrace any prediction indicating they won’t get hammered again this year.

“Our long-range forecast only predicts one risk for [U.S. mainland hurricane] landfall during the summer … this landfall hit might be for the Texas coast sometime during the third week of August,” Duncan said.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30.

The Farmers’ Almanac predicts it will be an active tropical season for storms, “meaning that they’re not going to turn into hurricanes, but they may possibly cause some coastal erosions and some major coastal storms,” Duncan said.

Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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