Su­per cold, slew of snow in Old Farmer’s Al­manac forecast


The Old Farmer’s Al­manac pre­dicts it will be su­per cold with a slew of snow for much of the U.S., even in places that don’t usu­ally see too much of it, like the Pa­cific north­west.

There’s plenty more to pe­ruse in the folksy, an­nual book of house­hold tips, trends, recipes and ar­ti­cles, such as an­i­mal jeal­ousy, the history of shoes and an­tic­i­pa­tion for the big­gest Su­per­moon in decades in Novem­ber 2016.

Oth­er­wise, look for above-nor­mal snow and be­low-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures for much of the north­east­ern New Eng­land states; icy con­di­tions in parts of the south; and frigid weather in the Mid­west. The snowiest pe­ri­ods in the Pa­cific North­west will be in mid-De­cem­ber, early to mid-Jan­uary and mid- to late Feb- ruary, the al­manac pre­dicts.

“Just about ev­ery­body who gets snow will have a White Christ­mas in one ca­pac­ity or another,” editor Jan­ice Still­man said from Dublin, New Hamp­shire, where the al­manac is com­piled. It’s due out in the com­ing week.

The al­manac says there will be above nor­mal-rain­fall in the first half of the win­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, but then that will dry up and the drought is ex­pected to con­tinue. “We don’t ex­pect a whole lot of re­lief,” Still­man said.

The weather pre­dic­tions are based on a se­cret for­mula that founder Robert B. Thomas de­signed us­ing so­lar cy­cles, cli­ma­tol­ogy and me­te­o­rol­ogy. Fore­casts em­pha­size how much tem­per­a­ture and pre­cip­i­ta­tion will de­vi­ate from 30-year av­er­ages com­piled by gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

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