The 2011 issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac was released this week. It predicts that in the coming months, the Earth will continue to see a - gradual cooling of the atmosphere ... offset by any warming caused by increased greenhouse gases. Most of the United States will see a colder-than-usual winter while summer and spring will be relatively cool and dry.
The "Old Farmer's Almanac" also is forecasting a weak La Nina — a climate phenomenon marked by an unusual cooling of the sea surface in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Janice Stillman, editor of the almanac, said that means much of the eastern half of the United States will experience lower-than-normal temperatures with less snow while Mid-Atlantic states will see more snowfall than usual. The West will see a mild winter with average precipitation.
Meanwhile, the South will experience a cold and wet summer and the Rockies should see a mild and dry winter. Stillman says - it'll be cold. There will be no mistaking winter. But it may be a little shorter or we may see some small warm spells in places like the East Coast.