The Old Farmer’s Almanac Is Predicting a Rough Winter

The reference book’s predictions are supposedly 80 percent accurate.

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It’s hard to think of snow and freezing temperatures when you’re sweating through an August heat wave, but those of us in cooler climates will be wearing puffy coats, hats, and gloves soon enough. And the winter ahead might be a harsh one, at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the periodical reference book published since 1792, which just announced its long-range weather predictions featured in its 2017 edition.

Here are the Almanac's predictions: For the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions, residents can expect a colder than normal winter. The Southeast and Desert Southwest is expected to have warmer than normal temperatures and it will be much drier than usual. In the Deep South, winter will be much warmer than normal with below-normal precipitation and near- to below-normal snowfall. The Pacific Northwest is predicted to have a rainier than normal winter, while the Pacific Southwest will have below normal temperatures and rainfall. You can track your city’s forecast here.

The Almanac, which features planting charts and gardening tips, cooking advice, and astronomy information for the year, makes weather predictions based on a “secret formula” developed by founder Robert B. Thomas. According to the site, editors take into account solar science, climatology and meteorology to calculate these forecasts. Most meteorologists are skeptical of the predictions, but the editors claim that the almanac’s forecasts are normally 80 percent correct.