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Winter to Make a Comeback, Says Canadian Farmers’ Almanac

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DATE: August 20, 2010
FOR RELEASE: August 30, 2010

IMAGES: Cover and Winter Map

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

Winter to Make a Comeback, Says Canadian Farmers’ Almanac

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Lewiston, Maine — With the brand new 2011 edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac hot off the presses, the big question on many Canadians’ minds is whether or not the coming winter will be a repeat performance of last year, dubbed by many “the winter that wasn’t.”

The winter of 2009-10 was the warmest winter on record for Canada since nationwide recording began in 1948. On average, it was 4° C warmer than a typical winter, and brought far less snow than usual, making the moniker “the Great White North” seem like an overstatement. As predicted in the 2010 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, only a few areas of Saskatchewan and northern prairies saw anything close to winter’s true fury this past year.

This strange winter weather was caused by the potent global El Niño system that took hold during the summer of 2009 and ended during this past summer. During El Niño years, strong jet stream winds carry cold air further south than normal, causing typically cold areas, such as Canada and the northern United States, to see warmer, drier winter conditions than normal, while generally warmer areas experience colder, wetter conditions than normal.

For the coming year, though, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanacpredicts that Old Man Winter will make a comeback, bringing back much colder conditions during 2010-11, particularly to the eastern half of the country.  Temperatures along the Eastern Seaboard are expected to be “bitterly cold” during the coming year, with very cold and snowy conditions further east. Toward the center of the country, average temperatures and precipitation are predicted, with only the west coast forecast to have a mild winter. The snowiest area of the country will be Quebec, much of Ontario and the eastern half of Manitoba.

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

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 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, the magnesium in nuts is known to help regulate stress hormones.

In addition to its famous long-range weather forecasts, the 2011 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is packed with invaluable advice on how to live a simpler, smarter, more sustainable lifestyle, including how to grow uniquely Canadian ingredients, attract backyard birds, choose foods that heal and boost the immune system, and more. In addition, this year’s Canadian 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 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac a household name. Weather is the most talked about subject on earth, which makes the annual Canadian 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 Canadian provinces.

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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