The Good News & The Bad News: Old Farmer’s Almanac Predictions for Winter 2016

Enjoy the heatwave while it lasts

Brace yourselves Canadians, we’re heading into another gnarly winter – if you believe in the Farmer’s Almanac.


Perhaps this is a good time to break the bad news, during a heat wave, but can you remember the frigid biting cold from last year, the pain any area of exposed flesh would feel, the dark days as I call it? Well, think of that as training because this winter is going to be even worse.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a reference book that dates back to 1792 that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming. Its believers use a secret formula that founder Robert B. Thomas designed using solar cycles, climatology, and meteorology to predict the weather. Long time Almanac followers claim that its forecasts are 80-85% accurate (sorry), and according to its predictions for winter 2016, it’s not looking good.

Get prepared for a superwinter. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that even parts of the country that get very little snowfall, like the pacific northwest, will experience harsh conditions.

The good news? Everyone can look forward to a white winter. AND an unusually warm fall. According to the annual weather summary, it looks like warmer-than-average temperatures will continue into September and October. Hold onto it while it lasts!

Only time will tell.


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