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Super cold winter on the way: Old Farmer's Almanac

Old Farmer's Almanac

Temperatures will be very cold this winter followed by a very warm summer across much of the United States, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, says a Huffington Post report on Wednesday. The Old Farmer’s Almanac states that there is a prediction of a “super cold” winter headed for the eastern two-thirds of the United States in the coming year. The west, however, will be somewhat warmer than it normally is.

Janice Stillman, the editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac – a chronicle of weather and climates that has been around for well over two centuries – said that colder is just almost too familiar a term. She calls what is coming to be a “refriger-nation.” Beyond the unwanted news about super cold temperatures coming, the New Hampshire-based climate almanac predicts more bad news. It was reported that most of the Northeast portion of the United States will get more snowfall than normal. Of course, normally, it gets a great deal of snow. However, the amount of snow that is to fall in New England will be somewhat below the normal for that portion of the country.

Beyond the unwanted news about super cold temperatures and a healthy amount of snow falling in the Northeast, other information was revealed. Despite some winter downpours in the West, the almanac asserts that California’s drought will most likely continue. Also, there is good news regarding hurricane season. The Almanac says that hurricane season isn’t expected to be especially active, though a major storm could hit the Gulf Coast in late August.

For the record, the almanac has a success rate in its forecasts of approximately 80 percent. The tools used for the predictions now uses modern technology, but the formula still uses the “secret formula” that Robert Thomas – the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s founder – used in 1792. The Almanac’s method is a combination of the study of sunspots, prevailing weather patterns and basic meteorology. Temperature deviations are devised on a 30-year average calculated by the United States government forecasters. Beyond climate and temperatures, the Almanac gives readers advice on food, astronomy, and planting – as well as advice on love and contemporary trends.

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