While much of the country is dealing with the usual string of summer heatwaves, be sure to enjoy it while it lasts. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’ve got another brutally cold winter coming with lots of snow and frigid temperatures. The Associated Press (AP) is also reporting that it will get very cold, “even in places that don’t usually see too much of it, like the Pacific Northwest.” In fact, the editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Janice Stillman, says, “Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another. We don’t expect a whole lot of relief.”
Some of the Almanac’s predictions include an “above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of the northeastern New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest.” Expect a lot of snow in the Pacific Northwest in mid-December, the first half of January, and the second half of February.
The Almanac says the first half of winter in California will see above-normal rainfall, but will quickly dry up as the four-plus-years drought continues. “We don’t expect a whole lot of relief,” Stillman tells the AP.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been around for 224 years and uses a “secret formula that founder Robert B. Thomas designed using solar cycles, climatology and meteorology” to make its long-term weather predictions. Some meteorologists dismiss the Almanac’s forecasts as little more than voodoo weather, with its “greatest errors were in underestimating how far above normal California temperatures and Boston-area snowfall would be, predicting both would be above normal.”
Last year, Boston got more than 110 inches of snow and Boston officials had to use large empty parking to store the excess snow. These so-called “snow farms” rose to heights unseen in modern history and stubbornly refused to melt even as the summer sun bore down on them. The last snow farm finally melted away in mid-July. New Englanders may find some relief this winter as the Almanac expects less snow this year.
Stillman also defends the publication and its overall accuracy. Over the last two centuries, the Almanac has been more right than wrong in its predictions, but some meteorologists call that luck and not science. Even so, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is a popular publication among farmers and city folks alike.
Not to be confused with its slightly younger rival The Farmer’s Almanac, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is the “oldest continually published periodical in North America.” Other items to be found in the Old Farmer’s Almanac include household tips, recipes, and unusual articles.