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Farmer's Almanac Unveils Prediction For Winter 2017

The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means. No, it’s not just feelings of good tidings and cheer. The cold weather has already reared its head in many parts of the country, and it’s going to be making more than a guest appearance in many necks of the woods. So how cold is it going to get? For that, we can look to an old standby for all the answers - and we’re not talking about the local weather guy or gal.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been around since 1792, and it’s still going strong. While it’s sometimes dismissed as a relic of a foregone era, the almanac can still boast an 80 percent accuracy rate. When you stack that up and compare it with other weather sources, attempts to dismiss it are rather mind-boggling. While no weather predictions will ever be right on the money, the almanac has proven to be a reliable guide to let folks know what to expect. After all, a publication doesn’t exist for more than two centuries by being wrong all the time.

As AWM shares, this year’s almanac notes that some folks will be feeling the chill more so than others this winter season.

“This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than usual,” the almanac notes. “In fact, a large part of the northern United States will experience milder-than-average temperatures (though we would still recommend having your long underwear on-hand), while much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal. Escaping this chill are Florida and the Southeast, where milder-than-usual temperatures will be felt.”

So the snowbirds are once again proving to be quite prescient, but what about the white stuff? Are we getting bombed with blizzards this year or what? Not quite, but some areas will see more than their fair share. The almanac notes that “precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico.”

If you’re not a fan of shoveling, you won't be quite pleased if you live in one of these vicinities.

“Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than usual is expected,” the almanac adds.

So there you have it. Certain areas will have a run on hot chocolate at the local grocery stores, while folks in other areas might want to do their snow shovel shopping early this year. Are these all stone cold facts that are destined to happen just because the almanac says so? Of course not, but the track record suggests their findings shouldn’t be dismissed. The almanac has been trusted for more than two centuries for good reason, and it’s always wise to err on the side of those that have a reputation for being correct more often than not.

Source: AWM
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