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If you were hoping for another mild winter, we have bad news for you. Early predictions show that we can expect a lot of precipitation and very cold temperatures.

Every fall, around this time, people start speculating about winter weather and how tough the next few months are going to be. As we say goodbye to summer, we have to start thinking about snow, freezing temps and leaving 15 minutes early for work.

Even with sophisticated weather tracking technology, no one really knows for sure what the weather will do. Forecasting a week ahead is hard enough, and not always reliable. Although there’s no scientific way to tell exactly what kind of a winter we have in store, it’s fun to look at the trends and make some educated guesses.

Indiana Winter

One book takes these educated guesses and pulls them together into a yearly publication: The Farmers’ Almanac. Stuffed with everything from predictions to puzzles, the Farmers’ Almanac warns of a weary winter of snow and cold.

“While last winter was a reprieve from shoveling and high fuel bills, the party is over. According to the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, “winter is back!” – 2017 Farmer’s Almanac

This year the book calls for frigid temperatures throughout the Midwest. It might not hit until later in the season, but we’re in for a frigid February.

U.S. Weather Trends

So what about the rest of the country? The almanac predicts high precipitation in the southeast, northeast and News England states and the western states will see high snowfall.

Accuracy

So how good is the Farmers’ Almanac at predicting winter weather? According to the Almanac itself, it boasts a 96% success rate for predicting 2015’s winter weather. These success rates are a little hard to track, mostly because the Farmers’ Almanac doesn’t release their methods for gathering data. If you want to learn more about how they make these predictions, you can read all about it here. Whether or not you believe it is up to you.

It might not be the best way to predict future weather, but it is a fun book with a lot of information. Full of home tips, gardening guides and astronomical calendars, the almanac is a fun tradition to kick off fall and get us all ready to drag out the shovel and snow boots.

We’re just going to have to wait and see what this winter brings us. In the meantime, pick up a copy of the Farmers’ Almanac and schedule your fall clean and check, just in case the almanac ends up being right.

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