Lewiston, ME: While the Farmers’ Almanac is no stranger to long-range weather predictions and the attention they often receive, there’s one stormy prediction that’s gaining even more attention than expected. The editors of the Farmers’ Almanac didn’t realize how the Almanac’s outlook for a messy, stormy Super Bowl would create such a buzz. “Usually the big questions are how cold will this winter be,” shares Pete Geiger, Editor, Philom, “or will we have a white Christmas?” But since Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in its first cold weather site, all eyes are on what Old Man Winter may bring and what the venerable Farmers’ Almanac is predicting.
The Farmers’ Almanac’s official forecast for February 1st -3rd states “Intense storm, heavy rain, snow, strong winds. This could seriously impact Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.” The Almanac goes on to say that the first ten days of February in the Northeast region of the US could be quite volatile and especially turbulent.
Each year the Farmers’ Almanac predicts weather for 16 months at a time. It includes forecasts for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and other Super Bowls. “While New Jersey is no stranger to messy winter conditions,” states Geiger, “the idea of holding the one of the biggest sporting events in an area that traditionally experiences cold temperatures in February can be a controversial one.”
How did they make these predictions?
The Farmers’ Almanac’s weather forecasts are based on a very specific and reliable formula that dates back to 1818. It’s a mathematical and astronomical formula that takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon, and position of the planets into consideration. People who follow the Farmers’ Almanac predictions claim they are accurate about 80-85% of the time.
“We stand by our predictions” states Geiger, adding “but do acknowledge that no one can predict the weather with 100% accuracy, even those using more high-tech formulas and computer satellite systems.”
The Farmers’ Almanac does admit that their predictions are off sometimes by a day or two, so there is a possibility that the intense winter storm predicted for SuperBowl Sunday could come Monday or exit in time for the big game. But in the mean time, if you plan on going, you may want to pack your boots, gloves, and umbrella.