As the hot days of summer draw to a close many Americans are looking forward to cooler weather, but if the Farmer’s Almanac is right those in the United States might regret their wish for cooler weather. According to this well recognized periodical many parts of the United States are in for a season of lower than normal temperatures.
The prediction for the 2013-2014 sees two-thirds of the nation experiencing below average temperatures. The largest area of colder temperatures predicted include the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, and the north and east spanning up to New England. The coldest temperatures according to Farmer’s Almanac will be seen over the Northern Plains through the east and into the Great Lakes. The Far West and South East have less to worry about with a “semblance” of normal winter temperatures, and possibly days in which temperatures will be above average.
For those in states that experienced heavy snowfall during the 2012 to 2013 winter the last part of the forecast is sure to offer an early chill. The prediction ends with the warning of “significant snowfalls for parts of every zone”.
While modern weather experts state they don’t take the Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions into account when forecasting, the well known little book has been a fixture in many American homes for generations. Founded in Morristown, New Jersey in 1818 the Farmer’s Almanac is known for making it’s predictions in some measure through astronomy. A major feature of the publication was always the weather as having temperature warnings in advance has always been a matter of extreme importance to farmers and ranchers. Beyond the claim that readers have given the periodical a 80 to 85 percent accuracy rate for it’s forecasts, and that it’s based on a study of the planets the Almanac Publishing Company doesn’t publicly offer too much detail on how their weather predictions are made.
Meteorologist make long-range forecasts by looking at past years for trends and similarities in current weather conditions. These modern weather forecasters admit that the slightest change in ocean temperatures or the environment in one part of the world can effect forecasts in another making exact predictions difficult. Farmer’s Almanac makes its predictions two years in advance using their “top secret” astronomical and mathematical formula.
In the United States the Farmer’s Almanac offers 16 months of predictions on the weather for seven different climatic zones.
Right or wrong some in the U.S. are already gearing up for winter especially in areas hard hit last year. City officials in many towns across the country are moving to prepare roads and other infrastructure ahead of possible winter storms.
Home owners are cautioned every year that the end of summer is a good time to plan in advance of possible storms and power outages. Winterizing homes and gardens, buying snow tires in advance, and having plenty of canned goods and bottled water on hand is always recommended. Buying winter supplies in the late summer can prevent being caught without, and it’s also known to be easier on the pocket book as prices often climb as the temperatures drop.