The Farmers’ Almanac has been in continuous publication since 1818. Today, it’s circulation is still around 4 million copies per year. It’s produced by the Almanac Publishing Company in Lewiston, Maine and was originally founded in Morristown, New Jersey. The Almanac is most famous for it’s long range weather predictions.
How accurate is the Farmers’ Almanac? They claim it’s 80-85% accurate. Reality may be a touch different. They just released their latest winter outlook on August 25th, 2013.
“The Almanac Publishing Company claims readers of theFarmers’ Almanac have attributed an 80 to 85 percent accuracy rate to the publication’s annual forecasts. However independent studies that retrospectively compare the weather with the predictions have not shown them more accurate than chance.” – wikipedia
Farmers’ Almanac 2014 Winter Weather Forecast:
Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal. With a combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow. Farther south, where the thermometer will be vacillating above or below the freezing mark, Southern New England, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and down through the Mid-Atlantic region will be seeing either copious rains and/or snows.
And yet, the Pacific Northwest (or is it “northwet?”) where indeed wet weather is almost a given during the winter months, the overall winter season could average out drier than normal.
Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather. More importantly, on February 2, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands—the very first time a Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a typically cold weather environment. We are forecasting stormy weather for this, the biggest of sporting venues. But even if we are off by a day or two with the timing of copious wind, rain, and snow, we wish to stress that this particular part of the winter season will be particularly volatile and especially turbulent.
And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds. – Farmer’s Almanac
Read the full Farmers’ Almanac 2014 Winter Weather Forecast Here: