“Teeth-chattering,” “biting,” and “stinging” cold are just a few of the adjectives the Farmers’ Almanac is using to describe the upcoming winter, and not only in northern areas.
Where NOAA and the Old Farmers’ Almanac have forecast a mild winter with less precipitation, the Farmers’ Almanac has a different outlook, “teeth-chattering cold ahead.”
Unlike the Old Farmers’ Almanac that makes weather predictions through a combination of animal signals, chicken bones, pig spleens and other weather lore, the Farmer’s Almanac bases their outlook on a “mathematical and astronomical formula” dating back to 1818 that takes sunspot activity and other astronomical anomalies into account.
“Contrary to some stories floating around on the internet, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing towards a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter,” reports Editor and Philom., Peter Geiger, adding, “we stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted most of the winter storms last year as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.”
An Arctic cold front is forecast to produce blustery and bitter winds, a sharp drop in temperature, and widespread snow showers/squall activity along and ahead of the frontal line.
Snow may start early in New England and Mid-Atlantic regions during December 2018.
Above-normal snowfall is predicted for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England.
While the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country are also forecast to have an abundance of snow and wet/icy conditions this winter.
“According to the calendar, spring 2019 starts on March 20th, however, according to our outlook, winter conditions may delay spring for several weeks,” states Managing Editor and Philom., Sandi Duncan.
The Grand Solar Minimum is upon us.