The new edition of the Farmers’ Almanac predicts the winter ahead will be “kinder and gentler” than last winter, but that the Midwest will be in for more snowfall and cold weather.
Craig Cogil, a National Weather Service meteorologist, says he doesn’t put a lot of stock in the Almanac, which looks at things like tides, sunspots and planetary alignments to forecast the weather.
Cogil says, “Everybody has predictions about what to expect for winter weather and I’m sure you’ll get a whole variety of forecasts from lots of snow to no snow and one of them is going to be right.”
He notes the National Weather Service is making its own projections about the winter ahead. “A fairly typical winter with temperatures at or slightly below normal and precipitation close to normal,” Cogil says.
“If it leans any way, it might be slightly above normal which would probably indicate a bit more snowfall than we would normally see.”
The 194-year-old Farmer’s Almanac is based in Maine — not to be confused with the Old Farmers’ Almanac of New Hampshire.