Farmers’ Almanac Warns of Brutally Cold Winter
USA – October 26, 2018
The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted that the winter months will be colder than originally thought for 2018-2019.
The Almanac breaks the country up into 7 zones, all of which can expect significant snowfall this winter in many areas, as well as strong winds and freezing temperatures.
The prediction is illustrated with a map indicating the zones and briefly describing the type of cold each can expect. The Almanac’s website declares that the worst of the cold will appear in the middle of February 2019 and will continue through March.
States from Montana across to Minnesota and down to Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri need to prepare for “teeth-chattering cold.” Even the southern states are in for a harsh winter with Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas told they could expect normal snowfall but “stinging cold.”
Despite the colorful descriptions, the forecasts do not include expected temperatures and it is up to the individual to determine how cold is “biting cold,” but it is expected that the 2018-2019 winter may be the worst in several years.
According to Peter Geiger of the Farmer’s Almanac, “Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing towards a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter. We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.”
The Farmer’s Almanac has been in circulation since 1818 and is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. The website claims to use an alteration of the method created by its first editor, David Young, to predict up to 16 months of weather in advance. It uses a number of different variables when calculating its predictions, including the position of planets within the solar system, the tide, and sunspots, amongst other secret methods known only to their mysterious weather predictor who goes by the name Caleb Weatherbee and whose true identity the Farmer’s Almanac prefers to keep hidden.
Despite the old-fashioned methods of prediction, the Farmer’s Almanac has proven to be remarkably accurate, a fact the publication underlines on its website where it notes its most recent successful forecasts for last winter and summer, and even provides details back as far as 1954 showing that many of its forecasts actually come true.