The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that this winter will be “bitterly cold.” The 197-page publication is set to hit newsstands on Monday, but editors have already revealed some of what we can expect this coming winter — and it doesn’t look fun.
The almanac’s secret formula to predicting the seasons remains largely unchanged since the first volume was published by David Young in 1818.
Relying on planetary positions, sunspots, and lunar cycles, the Farmer’s Almanac uses words like piercing, bitterly, and biting to describe how cold we can expect it to become, reports CBS News.
Managing editor Sandi Duncan emphasized the bleary outlook, commenting, “We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold.”
While modern scientists don’t rely much on sunspots and tidal patterns, the almanac says that its forecasts are correct around 80 percent of the time. And if this prediction is correct, we can expect a bitterly cold winter for two-thirds of the country.
Heavy snowfall can also be expected for those living in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and New England. Last year’s predictions did end up being correct, though NPR notes that they were the opposite to start with.
The Farmer’s Almanac predicted that last year’s winter would see cold weather for the eastern and central US, but milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. After the opposite started to happen, it eventually ended up that way.
The publication’s primary forecaster, Caleb Weatherbee (pseudonym) added that he was only off by a few days when he predicted last winter’s two biggest storms — the February blizzard in the Northeast and the storm that buried parts of New England the day before spring was to begin.
While the Farmer’s Almanac includes weather predictions, it is also full of corny jokes, gardening tips, and home remedies. But if readers put any stock in the almanac’s predictions for a cold winter, they will likely start stocking up on long johns, mittens, and scarves as soon as the items arrive in the store.
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