Lewiston, Maine: Touting to be a family-publication with “good reading for every member of the family done on a high moral plane,” the Farmers’ Almanac is in fact, using a four-letter word to describe this winter’s upcoming weather — Cold.
According to the 2014 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which hit store shelves on Monday, August 26th, about two-thirds of the nation will experience below-average temperatures during the coming winter. The Almanac, which has been predicting the weather for 197 years, uses adjectives such as “biting, bitterly and piercing” to describe how cold it believes this winter will be.
The only areas predicted to see “close to normal” winter temperatures are the Far West and the Southeast (good news if you live in those areas or plan on visiting). The coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes, but the bitter cold will also invade New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. Yes, the Farmers’ Almanac believes that the “days of shivery” are back.
What about snow?
Precipitation wise, “the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal.” However, with the below-normal temperatures expected, the Farmers’ Almanac believes the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow.
One prediction to watch carefully is in the Northeast in February. The first ten days of February are predicted to experience heavy winter weather, which may not be too surprising for a winter month; however, it is during that time that Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands. If the Farmers’ Almanac forecast is accurate, fans, players, and travelers alike may want to leave a few days early and pack extra warm, waterproof weather gear. (More weather outlooks at www.farmersalmanac.com)
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac, which contains 16 months of weather forecasts (September 2013 through December 2014) offers a broad outlook for the winter, spring and summer forecast ahead, as well as month-by-month zones forecasts for the contiguous US. Many readers consult the Farmers’ Almanac to prepare for the upcoming seasons, as well as pick dates for vacations and weddings.
In addition to weather, the Farmers’ Almanac also contains articles, tips, and advice on ways to live a more natural and simple life. This year’s new edition offers sage advice on ways to use bananas, olive oil and potatoes to help cure dry, winter skin, provides advice on ways to help curb your dog’s bad breath and gas issues, calls for a pooling and then pitching of the penny (as well as an opportunity for three nonprofit groups to win 50,000 pennies), shares tasty recipes for homemade bread, offers top picks for hardy fast growing trees, share some unusual festivals around the US, and contains exclusive best days charts on things from gardening to fishing to quitting smoking.
“It’s not just for farmers and it’s not just for grandparents” states the Almanac’s editors, suggesting that “as life gets more complicated, the Farmers’ Almanac becomes even more important, as it offers unique and refreshing advice that helps you live a more independent, and sustainable lifestyle.”
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac is available starting on August 26, 2013, at bookstores, grocery stores and online at www.farmersalmanac.com