Coast truckers, get out those chains. America’s two premiere Almanacs are
calling for a nasty winter in the Northeast.
The Farmers’ Almanac, which has
been predicting the weather for 188 years, is calling for at least two
blizzards in the Northeast portion of the country this year.
The Lewiston, ME-based almanac has
just published its newest edition. In it, the book calls for a holiday season
snowstorm – “an old-fashioned White Christmas” – and another in mid-February.
The Midwest could also be hit with a February snowstorm as well.
In between, the Northeast will see
a January "wintermission," with unusually mild weather.
The Southeast, according to the
2005 Farmers’ Almanac, will see a very wet winter with above-average
precipitation, but overall milder-than-normal temperatures. Southern California,
the Colorado Plateau and the central and southern Rockies should have a mild
and dry winter pattern, the book’s publishers said in a release.
Farmer’s Almanac, published by Yankee Publishing of Dublin, NH, made similar
predictions for the coming year in its new edition, calling for
harsher-than-normal winter conditions.
Hampshire-based almanac sees heavier-than-normal
snowfall for a wide area from the Great Lakes through New England and from
eastern New Mexico to the mid-Atlantic. In addition, harsh, colder-than-normal
temperatures are expected in the normally temperate Southeast, including
Florida and the Deep South, as well as in the Ohio Valley, the Heartland, Texas
And that’s not all. Three
of the country’s four corners – the Pacific Northwest, south Florida, and the
northern New England states – can expect above-average rainfall next spring,
while the Southwest, Upper Midwest, northern High Plains and other nearby areas
will spend the summer cooking in high temperatures, The Old Farmer’s Almanac
publications claim that their weather forecasts are 80 percent accurate.
Farmers’ Almanac, founded in 1818, uses a closely guarded forecasting formula
that has been used for generations, including the use of the position of the planets, sunspots and tidal
action of the moon.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which is 213 years old, was founded in 1792 and features the same cover art use
since 1851. It bases its forecasts “largely on cycles of the
Sun and the Moon, with other variables mixed in.”