The jagged teeth of Old Man Winter are champing at the opportunity to bite down on Minnesota this coming winter, which is startling for all of us who were under the impression that the 2018-19 winter was going to be mild and gentle.
The mild, gentle winter forecast by climatologists from the National Weather Service, and by the Old Farmer's Almanac, is "fake news," according to the Farmers' Almanac.
Firstly, yes, there's a difference between the Old Farmer's Almanac and the Farmers' Almanac, and secondly, they don't seem to like one another.
"Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter," says Peter Geiger, editor of The Farmers' Almanac.
"We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions."
The newer version of the almanac is calling for a "teeth-chattering cold" winter in Minnesota with "plentiful snow."
Their forecast promises the worst of the extreme cold will come in mid-February, while the snow will be above normal all winter, including some extra oomph in March.
The Old Farmer's Almanac winter forecast was released last week, with it saying the "milder-than-normal forecast is due to a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Niño, which will prevent cold air masses from lingering in the North."
In July, climatatologists from NOAA released data suggesting that there is at least a 50 percent chance Minnesota experiences a warmer-than-normal start to winter in December, January and February.