The Farmers’ Almanac Just Released Its Winter Forecast. And It’s More Reliable Than You Might Think.

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The Farmers’ Almanac Just Released Its Winter Forecast. (It’s More Reliable Than You Might Think.)

The Farmers’ Almanac has some bad news for the West: Dry conditions, particularly in the Northwest, will continue through winter 2018.

The rest of the country will experience a mixture of conditions.

“From the Great Lakes into the Northeast, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected,” the 200-year old Almanac predicted.

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The snowiest dates are expected to be January 20-30, February 4-7, March 1-3, and March 20-30.

Some other highlights of the forecast include:

  • Wintry chill, moisture, and snow are expected to extend as far south as Virginia and the Carolinas this winter.
  • The Rockies are predicted to have a cold winter with a moderate snow storm, so it might be a good idea to book your ski vacation in New England (which is expected to have cold and snowy conditions).
  • West Texas and New Mexico will experience soggy weather and mild temperatures.

“And for parts of the western Great Lakes, eastern Great Plains, and points south, including Arklatexoma (where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma abut), be prepared for wide swings in the weather pendulum, from very warm to very cold, and periods of tranquil conditions mixed with occasional spells of tempestuous weather,” the forecast says.

The Farmers’ Almanac weather formula “takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, position of the planets, and a variety of other factors into consideration” for its forecasts, according to its website.

“The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee,” the website says. “To protect this proprietary and reliable formula, the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac prefer to keep both Caleb’s true identity and the formula a closely guarded brand secret.”

The website lists specific days in which the Almanac predicted major storms.

“Many longtime Almanac followers claim that our forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate,” it says.

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