Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Colder-Than-Normal Winter

Dec 17th @ 8:45 am in News, Public Service by Scott Staley

This year, Mother Nature is giving the gift of a chilled-to-the-bone winter for much of the United States.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this winter—officially beginning on December 21—will bring colder-than-normal temperatures throughout most areas of the United States and specifically from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas. In every place west of this line—except in portions of the Desert Southwest—temperatures will be warmer than last winter.

The chilly nights and days ahead will bring some potentially bad news for skiers, snowboarders, and snow lovers: The Almanac predicts lower accumulations in regions that typically see snow. The exception is near the Great Salt Lake and in the areas from El Paso to Detroit to Virginia Beach. The increased snowfall in these areas should bring some relief to conditions caused by 2012’s drought.

While The Old Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t use folklore in making its weather predictions (think: modern technology, weather patterns, and a secret formula by founder Robert B. Thomas), these bits of wisdom exist because they hold some truth. With that in mind, consider: A hard winter will come if raccoons are fat. So if your yard bandits are looking more plump than usual, make sure to prepare your tire chains and firewood for a tough winter ahead.


The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been delighting readers since 1792, is produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire. Always “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor,” it is known for its advice relating to home, garden, and food, as well as for its 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts. The Old Farmer’s Almanac family of publications also includes themed calendars for 2013, The All-Seasons Garden Guide, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. Brand-new is Everyday Baking—a collection of cake, pie, cookie, and quick bread recipes from celebrated baker Ken Haedrich!

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