September 2, 2014

Is wicked winter ahead? Better get the snowblower ready, just in case

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting wild temperature swings and periods of storminess this coming winter for much of the Midwest – including the Husker State.

Almanac editor Peter Geiger says Nebraskans can expect something slightly more harsh than the rather mild weather of last winter.

“It’s not going to be like the coldest winter ever, but I think you’re going to get some decent precipitation, which you need badly,” Geiger said.

The Almanac predicts other states in the Midwest region, like Wisconsin and Illinois, will experience colder-than-normal temps with a varied mix of snow, sleet and rain.

People from the Great Lakes to New England are being advised to prepare for a very cold and snowy winter.

The Farmers’ Almanac has been releasing winter weather predictions for 196 years.

Geiger notes, the publication is accurate with the forecast about 75 to 80% of the time.

According to Geiger, the forecast is based – in part – on a “mathematical and astronomical formula” created by Almanac founder David Young in 1818.

Learn more: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2012/08/26/will-winter-return-with-a-vengeance/