Farmers' Almanac Predicts Another Nasty Winter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

According to the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow to the lee of the Lakes.

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- The folks at the Farmers' Almanac are feeling a bit smug after correctly predicting the past nasty winter, which featured relentless snowstorms and a polar vortex.

Editors of the 198-year-old publication in Maine are projecting more of the same in a few months.

The latest edition officially goes on sale this week. It forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.

The publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer's Almanac, bases its long-range forecasts on a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles.

Modern science doesn't put much stock in the formula, but modern meteorologists sometimes struggle with long-range forecasts. The national Climate Prediction Center projected milder weather last winter.


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