I wake up at about 5 a.m. and up until very recently, it was light outside when I opened my eyes. Today, it was getting darker. This can mean only one thing: we are on the downswing of summer and cold weather isn't far behind.

This summer has been pretty mild. We had our really hot days but this August has been less than triple digits which is just fine for the bulk of the population.

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So, what's this winter going to be like? Well, I consulted the 2020-21 Farmer's Almanac. Here's the synopsis:

Winter 2020-21 For the Nation

2020 has been quite the year. From a pandemic to murder hornets and now fire tornadoes, things seem pretty bad. If you were hoping for a warmer, wet winter you are in luck. The temps will be above normal and it will be very rainy but not cold enough to snow throughout most of the country.

Winter 2020-21 For the Ohio River Valley

In the Ohio Valley (Pittsburgh; Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois; Kentucky, West Virginia), expect less-than-average amounts of precipitation and snow fall. Expect warmer-than-average temperatures despite some cold, wet periods in early and mid-December, from late December into early January, and in late January.

Now, keep in mind that this is a LONG TERM forecast so I wouldn't go placing any bets on the weather just yet. It's, you know... weather and it listens to no one. But, it's always fun to get a sneak peek into the future, right?

Ever wonder who gets up at 4 a.m. to gather school closings and distributes them online, via app notifications and on the radio? Well, that's ME. And as the person who does school closings, I can wholeheartedly say that I'm ecstatic we'll be having a mild winter! Looking back, I don't think we had much snow at all last winter but it was warmer. But, it is weather - no one can truly know what it will do!

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And, if you want a more in-depth look at what the weather will be like this winter, you can buy the full Farmer's Almanac right here!