2012 has been a strange weather year in Hannibal and the rest of the Tri-State area. The year started with an extremely mild winter, followed  by oppressive heat and drought through the summer months. What will winter be like for our region in 2013?

According to Almanac.com, the heartland region will experience somewhat higher temperatures than normal,  and an average amount of snowfall.

Winter temperatures will be higher than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall near normal in the east and below normal in the west. The coldest periods will be in late December, early January, and early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, mid- to late December, early January, and early March.

Some swear by the almanac. Others find it worthless. Regardless of one's opinion of it, 'The Old Farmer's Almanac' seems to at least be a starting point of conversation every winter.

2013 will mark the two-year anniversary of the blizzard of 2011, which blanketed the Midwest with inch after inch of snow. We have compiled a gallery of photos from that blizzard, taken  from in and around Hannibal.