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Will Winter Return with a Vengeance? We’re a “Nation Divided,” Says Farmers’ Almanac

DATE: August 27, 2012

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor – 207-755-2246 –

Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor -207-755-2349 –

Will Winter Return with a Vengeance? We’re a “Nation Divided,” Says the Farmers Almanac

Lewiston Maine: After a year of unprecedented warmth — both during the winter and summer months — the great debate over whether or not Old Man Winter will return with a vengeance is on.

Last winter was the fourth warmest for the contiguous 48 since record keeping began in 1895, with 24 states experiencing below-normal precipitation. In fact, California experienced its second driest winter ever. In only 10 states–chiefly across the nation’s midsection– was winter precipitation above normal.

The situation became critical this past spring and summer with broiling hot temperatures across much of the country and the most severe drought conditions the nation has seen in more than 50 years.

Fortunately, the new 2013 Farmers’ Almanac hits the store shelves this month and promises on its cover to answer whether or not the warm, dry trend will continue or winter will stage a comeback.
According to this favored long-range weather incumbent, winter will return to some — but not all — areas.

It will be a “winter of contraries” shares editor Peter Geiger, Philom, adding, “It’s like Old Man Winter is cutting the country in half. The eastern half of the country will see plenty of cold and snow. The western half will experience relatively warm and dry condition. As in the political arena, the climate this winter will render us a nation divided.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, which accurately predicted this summer’s extreme heat, forecasts that real winter weather will return to areas from the Great Lakes into the Northeast. Most eastern states —as far south as the Gulf Coast — will see snowier than normal conditions and cooler temperatures.

But on the other side of the country, winter will continue its hiatus for another year. The Farmers’ Almanac forecast for west of the Continental Divide — the Pacific Northwest, desert Southwest, Pacific Coast — calls for mild temperatures and below-normal precipitation.

For much of the drought-stricken prairie region, though, an average amount of winter precipitation will bring long awaited relief.

While some may question where these weather predictions come from, the Farmers’ Almanac weather forecasts are based on an unbiased mathematical and astronomical formula that dates back to 1818.

“We admit that last winter’s forecasts weren’t as dead-on as we would have liked, but, as the old saying goes, ‘The Almanac maker predicts the weather, but another Maker makes the weather,’” reflects Geiger.

“Weather, no matter what you tools or computer systems you use to predict it, is not an exact science. Many sources were thrown off last year, but we are confident in our formula and are happy to provide our readers with a long-range outlook that is very accurate.”

Fans of the Almanac say its famous long-range forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time.
In addition to its long-awaited forecast, this year’s Farmers’ Almanac includes its pick for the top five best winter and summer cities in the nation. Readers can see how their hometowns stack up.

The 2013 Farmers’ Almanac is also packed with initiatives and invaluable advice on how to live a simpler, smarter, more sustainable lifestyle, including advice on how to reduce waste, start a garden, eliminate toxic chemicals from the home, and adopt small-scale solar energy projects. In addition, this year’s Farmers’ Almanac includes the publication’s popular calendar of Best Days to quit smoking, find a new job and more, as well as the exclusive Gardening by the Moon Calendar, and valuable outdoor advice, including average frost and peak foliage dates, and tips for safe hunting and fishing.

Every year, millions of faithful readers seek out the down-home wit, wisdom, and proven advice that have made the Farmers’ Almanac a household name. Weather is the most talked about subject on earth, which makes the annual Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions a hot topic. Many people use its long-range outlook to stock up on firewood, take vacations, pick best days to get married, and generally prepare their homes for what the next few seasons may bring weather-wise.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.