Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a frigid winter with snow blanketing much of the country. The white stuff will fall even in areas of the United States where such blustery cold rarely occurs, like the Pacific Northwest, the almanac weather forecast says. Snow is still considered a nasty four-letter world by many folks who felt like the winter of 2014-2015 would never end. The annual edition of the almanac is due to hit shelves later this week.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been heralded as a reliable source for weather predictions, recipes, animal husbandry, historical tidbits, and agriculture articles since 1792. Long before there was the weather channel and radar apps, there was the little yellow-ish book full of information to help guide your planting and other daily outdoor activities.
Above normal snow and below normal temperatures in the New England region were noted among the Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions for this winter. Parts of the South will experience icy conditions and the Midwest will once again be hit with frigid temperatures, if the almanac predictions are accurate. The Pacific Northwest will reportedly be subjected to its snowiest weather from mid-December through the middle of January — or possibly even late February.
“Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” Old Farmer’s Almanac editor, Janice Stillman, said. “We don’t expect a whole lot of relief,” she added when referencing the chance that the California drought will benefit from the winter forecast.
During the first half of winter California will reportedly receive above normal rainfall, but the precipitation will dry up and allow the drought to continue.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather predictions are based upon founder Robert B. Thomas’ “secret formula.” Thomas reportedly created the formula meteorology, solar cycles, and climatology and meteorology. The almanac forecasts highlight how much precipitation and temperatures fluctuate from 3o-year average statistics which are complied by government agencies.
Some modern meteorologists do not give much credence to the accuracy of the weather predictions in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, claiming the forecasting process is too unscientific. Almanac staffers have reportedly stated that the most significant errors in the year-long weather forecast stemmed from underestimating how above normal the snowfall would be in Boston and how high above normal temperatures were going to be in California last year. During last winter, Boston has 110-inches of snowfall — a new record.
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