Get Ready For a COLD Winter

Farmers' Almanac predicts a 'piercing cold' season

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This winter threatens to be “bitterly cold,” with below-average temperatures in two-thirds of the country. That’s if you believe the folksy — but often, they claim, accurate — Farmers’ Almanac.

The almost 200-year-old almanac again comes out Monday, and the AP reports it’s predicting a harsh winter, one that could even bring a blizzard to the first outdoor Superbowl in years.

“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” managing editor Sandi Duncan said.

The Almanac is also describing the coming winter as “piercing cold” and “biting cold.”

The Farmers’ Almanac predictions are based on the same analysis of sunspots and tidal action, largely ignored by modern meteorologists, that the publication has used since its first issue, in 1818. The publication claims it’s correct 80 percent of the time.

[AP]

165 comments
illusiveforces1
illusiveforces1

its going to be -20f on Monday in chicago with a high of -5f. It's been between -10f to 25f degrees nearly every day since late october. Thats three months of bitter cold winter and its not even mid-january. I think they've nailed it this winter. 

MxmXmx
MxmXmx

You throw enough darts at a dart board, and you're bound to be right sooner or later.

vaguy.55
vaguy.55

Well, it's Dec 10 and so far the Almanac is right... brrrrr

pdonohoe3
pdonohoe3

at 83+/- accuracy - who can tell if this prediction may be accurate


JoeGolonka
JoeGolonka

"The Farmer's Almanac" making these predictions should not be confused with the older and original "Old Farmer's Almanac" (established in 1792), whose weather predictions are generally more often cited by media sources.  The "Old Farmers Almanac" also predicts a colder than average winter across much of the continental United States, but not the "bitterly cold" conditions described in the article above.  Of note, the "Old Farmers Almanac" also predicts a hotter than average summer in 2014 throughout most of the United States.

smoonmoonbird
smoonmoonbird

I just had experienced the hottest summer in my 25 years' life. Now the coldest would come? What happened to our planet?

IdahoDenizen
IdahoDenizen

Don't count the cold till you get it. This summer, the OFA predicted my area would be cooler then normal and have normal precipitation. Instead, it's been about 5 degrees above normal and so dry the weeds are dying. We'll burn up at this rate.

ccrashh
ccrashh

Sorry. How is this news? The Farmer's Almanac's success rate has been abysmal, hovering around 50%. You could flip a coin and get a similar result.

JKLugar
JKLugar

@AmandaRWalsh Meh. Hurricane Schwartz said we'd total around 30" of snow last winter and we might've gotten 8" total in Doylestown

stephgob
stephgob

NOOOO! As an Atlanta resident who has been dealing with record lows and record amounts of rain all summer, all I wanted was a single mild or normal season this year! So, I say, "no thank you, cold winter."

I swear, moving to the Arizona desert has never been more tempting in my life... this southern girl does not love the white stuff! (there's one single reason I won't move farther north than Atlanta - I don't like cold)

RichardJorgensen
RichardJorgensen

I have enough wood for 3 years, well insulated house, tons of warm clothes.  Bring it on.  I love a ton of snow and cold.  

JaySchuls
JaySchuls

great        cold weather gear and heating oil prices just doubled in price   O well guess its time to spend a couple of months in Jamaica this winter

rjespud
rjespud

Al Gore says that there is global warming....how can this bitter cold materialize?

frances_prince
frances_prince

@TIME @Goodolds It has to be right eventually simply the law of averages. I bet New England states think last year was a bad winter.

MA6hp
MA6hp

@TIME I can live with the bitter but the cold is what I have a problem with

jimprain
jimprain

@TIME @Sandysnaidauf - Well, its a lot more accurate than the NSA spokesman. I'm gonna get new gloves & Boots Boots are for NSA Press conf.

LaddieSchnaiber
LaddieSchnaiber

@TIME Don't worry about winter. The Farmers' Almanac is right only 80% of the time.

John
John

@ccrashh Actually, it has been about 80% accurate.

tweekcat
tweekcat

@truebluebrenda I figured I should warn you so that you could get your coats & sweaters down early, just in case!!

Openminded1
Openminded1

@stephgob you will not like Arizona in the summer months either. try san diego almost perfect.

RichardJorgensen
RichardJorgensen

@JaySchuls 


I bought shares in several companies in Texas who refine heating oil for the NE.  I hope I make a killing on it this winter.

RichardJorgensen
RichardJorgensen

@rjespud 

that was just to create his carbon credit scam, he made 400 million on it.  I wonder why he is not in prison yet.

JaySchuls
JaySchuls

Ha Ha Ha  love it when someone post comments as a troll just to get a response   i often wounder if the people responding to post like yours  realize that they have been hooked and dragged into the net after they hit the send button  

JakeA
JakeA

@rjespud For years people like you have been telling the global warming fanatics that the problem is local to North America and that Europe, especially eastern Europe was getting hit with record cold.  This winter will be their turn to quote you out of context.  Enjoy!

catmorgan
catmorgan

@rjespud It's the meandering jet stream - creating anomalies of weather. Theoretically, the jet stream is changing, which causes extremes of weather. Think of it as a changing river of air that is losing its course. There are many factors, so this is the simplified hypothesis, as best an answer I can give while trying to understand it myself. The jet stream (again theoretically) is repositioning itself due to global warming. So, these could be the cogs that are indicative of the bigger change occurring.

Vereneth
Vereneth

@RichardJorgensen @rjespud Just because Al Gore and other people have made a business out of it doesn't mean climate change doesn't happen or isn't happening.  There are people in this country that deserve to go to prison over dealings with a lot more money than that man.  Oh no, he made money in a capitalistic economy.  That's the whole point.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@blondone78 @IAmMissTLC No then you will complain about the humidity and bugs, you can not win, try San Diego best weather in the country.


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