The Farmers’ Almanac 2014 prediction for the coming winter months won’t look a lot different than last year’s icy cold season. Nonstop snowstorms and the polar vortex set the eastern part of the nation into a tailspin of nasty, freezing weather that never seemed to end. Unfortunately, editors are forecasting more of the same.
As the Farmers’ Almanac forecasts, there will be “colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.” Are folks on the east side of the country prepared to deal with another frigid winter season in 2014? Even the Great Lakes were 90 percent frozen over from last season’s brutal cold spell.
The publication reportedly bases its long-range forecast on a “secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles,” according to ABC News Channel 20.
As Chicago ABC 7 News adds, the Ohio Valley and Pittsburgh region winter will be “much colder than normal, with the coldest periods in mid-December, from late December through early January, and in mid- and late January.”
Almanac editor Janice Stillman says:
“Colder is just almost too familiar a term… Think of it as a refriger-nation.”
The Northeast area of the country is predicted to have above average snowfall with New England getting normal snowfall. Meanwhile, the Southeast is forecast to have less rainfall while Florida is expected to have one of the wettest winters in years. A major storm is predicted to strike the Gulf Coast in late August, but hurricane season isn’t likely to be “very active.”
When it comes to the Lower Lakes area, winter is believed to be colder than usual, with the “coldest periods in late December, throughout January, and in early February… Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall.”
Texas and Oklahoma will have precipitation, snowfall, and temperatures fall below normal.
Finally, for the West Coast, winter will be warmer than normal. The coldest spots will land around late December and early to mid and late February. Rainfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the southern parts.
The Farmers’ Almanac 2014 predicts that next summer will be dry across the nation.
As The Inquisitr reported last year, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted a bitterly cold winter last season. The editors turned out to be correct on their forecasts.
The first Farmers’ Almanac was published in 1792. The publication claims to operate on 80 percent accuracy in their predictions, but is not an official source for climate forecasts.
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac comes out this week.
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