Despite a warmer than average start to fall expected across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the 2020 editions of Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are both predicting frigid temperatures and plenty of snow for a majority of the United States this winter.
The 201-year-old Farmers’ Almanac guide says everywhere east of the Rockies in the United States can expect “freezing, frigid, and frosty” weather. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which was founded in 1792, released a similar forecast predicting “snowy, icy, and icky” conditions in the Midwest, “wet and wild” periods in the Northeast, and “a parade of snowstorms” in the Northern Plains.
Buy Now: Farmers’ Almanac 2020, amazon.com“We expect yet another wild ride this winter, with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls,” says Pete Geiger, editor of Farmers’ Almanac.
Unfortunately for those who experienced Chicago’s record-breaking winter last year, Farmers’ Almanac says the coldest weather in winter 2020 is predicted to land in late January near the Great Lakes and into the Northern Plains, with temperatures dropping down to -40 in the Plains.
But along with those particularly chilly temps, winter precipitation is expected to be above normal in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. That means lots of snow and great news for skiers, especially in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Buy Now: The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020, amazon.comThe editors of Farmers’ Almanac claim that their weather predictions are 80 to 85 percent accurate and are derived from a “specific and reliable set of rules that were developed back in 1818 by David Young, the Almanac’s first editor.” Over the years, those rules have been altered and adapted into a more mathematical and astronomical formula, determined by the moon’s tidal action and sunspot activity, or the magnetic storms on the sun’s surface. The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses similar methods dating back to 1792.
Since any weather forecast is subject to change, it’s best to take these long-range predictions with a grain of salt since many meteorologists are skeptical about the way both almanacs provide blanket statements about the weather for entire seasons.
But considering how similar these two reports are, it can’t hurt to be prepared and buy any winter travel gear you need that’s on sale this Labor Day weekend.
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