The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a “repeat of last winter’s record-breaking extremes,” including heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures nationwide
The 2020 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac warns Americans to expect a “bone-chilling,” super snowy, extra long winter this year.
There will be “no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast,” a press release says.
This winter will be remembered for big chills and strong
storms bringing a steady roof-beat of heavy rain and sleet, not to mention piles of snow,” says editor Janice Stillman.
Many parts of the country will enjoy a white Christmas and a white Thanksgiving this year… and the snowstorms won’t stop until mid-April, the Almanac forebodes:
“This snow-verload will include storms pummeling Washington state and points eastward across the northern-tier states into Michigan.
For the Northwest, this could mean arepeat of last winter’s Snow-pocalypse that dumped 20.2 inches on Seattle in February.
The middle of the country and New England can bank on a slush fund, as more wet than white conditions will leave sludgy messes that freeze during the overnights.
Meanwhile, much of the Deep South will be saturated by soakers.”Advertisement
The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s forecasts have long been criticized by meteorologists, who say the publications’s methods are unscientific, but the Almanac claims their long-term weather forecasts are accurate 80% of the time, according to their retroactive analysis each year.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions are based on a “top-secret formula” devised by its founder Robert B. Thomas in 1792.
“We employ three scientific disciplines to make our long-range predictions: solar science, the study of sunspots and other solar activity; climatology, the study of prevailing weather patterns; and meteorology, the study of the atmosphere,” the Almanac’s site says.
The site also offers tips on how to predict weather using items commonly found on a farm, like persimmon seeds, a pig spleen and wooly bear caterpillars.