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Will “Snowmageddon” Make a Comeback? Farmers’ Almanac Weighs In!

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DATE: August 19, 2010
FOR RELEASE: August 29, 2009

IMAGES: Covers and winter maps

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor – 207-755-2246 –
Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor -207-755-2349 –

Lewiston, ME: With the brand new 2011 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac hot off the presses the big question on many people’s minds is whether or not this upcoming winter, which dumped enormous amounts of snow on much of the country, including many regions unaccustomed to such severe winter weather, will be a repeat performance.

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Last year, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted that the temperature pattern for the winter of 2009—2010 would resemble an “Ice-cold Sandwich,” with unseasonably cold temperatures. It also accurately forecasted a February that would bring widespread snowfall, including many blizzards. That prediction proved all too accurate, with snow blanketing states as far south as Florida and a beast of a storm — dubbed “Snowmageddon” by President Obama — shutting entire cities down throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

What’s on tap this year?
According to the 2011 Farmers’ Almanac this upcoming winter season that will display a split personality nationwide. The eastern third of the country will experience colder-than-normal winter temperatures, while the western states will see milder temperatures. The snowiest area will be across parts of the Northern and Central Plains, to the Ohio River and Great Lakes region.

“Because much of New England got off relatively easily last year, this year’s weather may feel like cold slap in the face in comparison,” says Farmers’ Almanac editor, Peter Geiger, Philom.

Despite that, the 194-year-old publication assures readers that the coming winter season should be a “kinder, gentler” one, on the whole. In addition to its long-awaited forecast, this year’s Farmers’ Almanac includes a rundown of the “Ten Worst Winter & Summer Weather Cities,” so readers can see how their cities stack up.

If the winter weather outlook stresses you out, try eating a handful of shelled peanuts. According to a hint in the new edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, the magnesium in nuts is known to help regulate stress hormones.

The 2011 Farmers’ Almanac is also packed also invaluable advice on how to live a simpler, smarter, more sustainable lifestyle, including how to save money while remodeling, interpret expiration dates, fight household pests, attract backyard birds, choose foods that heal and boost the immune system, and more. In addition, this years 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. Fans of the Almanac say its famous long-range forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. The predictions are based on mathematical and astronomical formula that dates back to 1818, and each new edition contains 16 months of weather forecasts for the contiguous United States.

Get press images of the Cover and Winter Weather Maps.

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 1919, 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.

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