Grab a shovel, it's gonna be a snowy winter, almanacs say


Two rival publications that for two centuries have endeavored to predict the next year's weather say that we ought to brace for a cold and snowy winter.

Last month, the Maine-based Farmer's Almanac, predicted that cold, wet weather will grip much of the U.S. this winter.

From the Almanac's forecast: The “Days of Shivery” are back! For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal."

On Tuesday, the Dublin, N.H.-based Old Farmer's Almanac said it won't be colder than usual in the Upper Midwest, predicting a cold winter for every region but the lower Great Lakes, Upper Midwest and the northern states of the Northeast.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac's forecast for the Upper Midwest, which includes Minnesota: "Above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- and late December, in early January, and from late February into early March. The snowiest periods will occur in mid- and late December, early January, and early February."

The Associated Press notes that the Old Farmer's Almanac lives up to its name, at 222 years old. The Farmer's Almanac is just 197 years old.

Most modern meteorologists don't put much stock in the almanacs, the International Business Times notes. Weather forecasters say that even with advanced technology, global satellites and radar, it's tough to predict weather months in advance.

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