If you enjoyed the freezing cold temperatures ushered in by the Polar Vortex and waist deep snowstorms that rocked Portland and Maine last winter then you will be pleased to know that we are in for more of the same this winter.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, we can expect to see a colder than normal winter with precipitation that will be similar to what we saw a year ago. There is an even good chance that we will start seeing heavy snow as soon as late November through late December, which could yield a white Christmas.

Meanwhile, NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, is saying that temperatures in these parts could be higher that normal with less precipitation. I think we Mainah's know better. It's probably a good idea to break out the snow shovels, ice melt and get those snow blowers ready for another hard winter.

Here are NOAA's winter precipitation outlook and winter temperature outlook maps for 2014-2015:

Credit: NOAA.gov
Credit: NOAA.gov

As encouraging as these NOAA maps may seem for our neck of the woods, I think the Farmer's Almanac is more accurate. You'll have to be the judge.