The Farmers’ Almanac, out on Monday, predicts a bitterly cold winter for most of the U.S. in 2013-14. “Piercing cold” will sweep the country. The Super Bowl, set for MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on Feb. 2, could – if these predictions are true – turn out to be the “Storm Bowl” of the century, reports FOX News on Aug. 26.The venerable Farmers’ Almanac publication is 197 years old, and it has an amazing track record for accuracy.
"We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," reported managing editor Sandi Duncan. The almanac still uses the secret weather-prediction formula the publication’s founder, David Young, established in 1818, when he published the first Farmers’ Almanac, based in sunspots, lunar cycles, and the positions of various planets.
Modern weather reporting takes a very different approach, but any form of long-range forecasting has a hard time keeping up with the Farmers’ Almanac when it comes to offering trustworthy info for planning weddings, setting vacations, or deciding whether or not to invest in tickets to the Super Bowl. For the upcoming football 2014 game, a person might just decide to stay home and watch it on television – or catch the action from some sunny Caribbean resort.
Last year, the predictions seemed to be off at winter’s start, but then things shifted, and the expected cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes happened just as the almanac said they would.
Caleb Weatherbee, in charge of weather predictions, took pride in being only two days off on “two of the season's biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring's arrival that buried parts of New England.” All the more reason to give Super Bowl XLVIII a pass.