Farmers' Almanac: It's Gonna Be Another Cold One
Venerable publication got it right last year
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2014 1:55 AM CDT
This wasn't what federal forecasters predicted for North Carolina in March this year.   (AP Photo/News & Record, Nelson Kepley)

(Newser) – If "firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa " are your thing, the Farmers' Almanac has good news for you: Based on its secret predicting formula involving the likes of sunspots and lunar cycles, the publication says the winter to come will be as bitterly cold as the last, with especially cold weather ahead for the region from the northern plains to the Great Lakes. Meteorologists may scoff at the 198-year-old publication's methods, but it correctly predicted the nasty winter of 2013-14 while the federal Climate Prediction Center predicted a warmer than normal winter, the AP notes.

"It certainly looks like another long winter of shivery and shovelry is on tap," the almanac's "Caleb Weatherbee" writes, warning that the first 10 days of January and the first week of February have been "red-flagged" for "active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds" along the Atlantic seaboard. Last week, the rival Old Farmer's Almanac made similar predictions, forecasting a "super-cold" winter for much of the nation. "Colder is just almost too familiar a term," says the editor of the 223-year-old publication. "Think of it as a refriger-nation."

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gomer99
Aug 25, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
I have counted on the FA all my life. Have no clue what the forecasts are based on, but they work. Last year, I buttoned up the house, blew out the water pipes, set thermostat to 45, got a daughter to water plants once a week, and spent the winter near Ft. Meyers FL. I prefer good fishing, BBQ, and watching thong bikini's (all us old guys can do is watch, and wife don't care) to shoveling snow Gonna do it again this year.
finkster
Aug 25, 2014 10:11 AM CDT
I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get *that* day over, and over, and over... Groundhog Day
jerrymac90
Aug 25, 2014 8:23 AM CDT
And Liberals say this is all due to "man made" climate change. Well, do you remember that very special, bird frying, NON POLLUTING, solar energy source? They have petitioned the government to burn MORE natural gas (bet you didn't know they burned gas at solar plants) and emit around 95,000 tons MORE (allegedly) weather changing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere PER YEAR. Huh. The things you learn when you actually look behind the veil of the BS spin. Oh yeah. The reason they need to burn the gas and further pollute the atmosphere? They aren't getting enough sunlight! (edited Newser's screwy formatting and corrected grammar error)