Farmers' Almanac predicts another cold winter in Texas
The Farmers' Almanac is out with its 2022 extended winter forecast, and Texans should prepare for another cold one.
"For our friends in the Southern Great Plains, including Texas and Oklahoma, we are sorry to report that late January may bring some potentially frigid and flaky weather like you experienced last winter," according to the almanac's report summary. "Hopefully, it won’t be as robust, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared."
It's a "frosty flip-flop winter" for the entire country, according to the almanac, which has published its annual extended weather outlook for more than 200 years. Expect near-normal amounts of snow across the country with some notable month-to-month variations, the almanac says.
The Farmers' Almanac claims to have accurately predicted the 2021 winter storms that left millions of Texans without power but said this year's winter conditions "shouldn't be as bad as last year."
State health officials say more than 200 people died because of the February storms, but a Buzzfeed analysis found that the death toll could be as high as 700.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed two bills in June seeking to remedy the failures of the state's power supply system that emerged in February. The measures would make changes to leadership at the state's electric grid operator, which came under intense scrutiny during the outages, and have other regulatory agencies develop requirements to shore up infrastructure across the state's electricity supply chain in anticipation of future extreme weather events.
But some lawmakers and energy experts have argued that these measures and other actions taken by the Legislature do not go far enough to prevent a power crisis because they fail to plan for climate change and leave too much up to state agencies such as the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, and the Public Utility Commission, the governor-appointed board that oversees the state's electric grid operator and all other utilities in the state.
Abbott did not put the electric grid on his list of emergency items for last month's special session. His latest call for a special session through August also did not have the grid on the agenda.