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Winter Is Coming - Time To Look To The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac For Their Winter Predictions


It's been a chilly couple of mornings here in Vermont, but is that a sign of the fall, and more importantly, the winter to come? It may or may not be, but there is a way to look ahead to maybe get a glimpse of what is to come. Today, August 27, the old faithful Old Farmer's Almanac is out for purchase with its traditional 80% accurate weather forecasts.

"The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac provides weather predictions for Alaska, Hawaii, and 16 regions across the continental U.S. While the Almanac’s prognosticators still use a formula created by founder Robert B. Thomas, the methodology has been refined and enhanced to include state-of-the-art technology and modern scientific calculations."

It looks like this winter could hit hard and last long, with the almanac calling for the possibility of a never-ending winter, particularly east of the Ohio Valley and into the Appalachians. This means that we might want to keep the warmer clothes out through March and into the early spring.

Similar to some of the other early winter weather forecasts, snow will be at a premium in some areas, including "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", according to the almanac. For a lot of us, we'll need our equipment to be more waterproof than usual. But, there is a chance that the western Rockies and the PNW will be seeing snow similar to last year.

"The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for frequent snow events—from flurries to no fewer than seven big snowstorms, including two in April for the Intermountain region west of the Rockies. 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 a repeat of last winter’s Snowpocalypse that dumped 20.2 inches on Seattle in February."

As can be seen on the map, those parts of California that set records last year with the amount of snow they received might not be as fortunate this winter. It will be cold, but not nearly as much snow, which will be disappointing for more than a few people out that way.

Will this early forecast hold true to the level of 80% accuracy? Only time will tell. For those who are interested in an even more detailed report from the Old Farmer's Almanac, the 2020 edition did go on sale today, August 27. It is available wherever books and magazines are sold or in a digital version from their website linked above.

All Images Credit: Yankee Publishing Inc.

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