While the summer isn’t over yet, these cooler-than-normal August days with 70-degree temperatures prompted the team at Hopatcong Lake Regional News team to check with the Farmers Almanac for the long-range forecast for the winter of 2017 – 2018.
Farmers almanacs have made predictions for this winter, but meteorologists are not buying it yet, saying it's still too early to tell what winter will bring.
Farmer’s Almanac: Cold and Snowy in the Northeast
Cold conditions are back! According to the Farmers' Almanac's 200-year-old formula, this winter is expected to be a bit more "normal" as far as the temperatures are concerned, especially in the eastern and central parts of the country–chiefly those areas to the east of the Rocky Mountains–with many locations experiencing above-normal precipitation.
From the Great Lakes into the Northeast, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected. We can hear the skiers, boarders, and snowmobilers cheering from here!
Of particular note, for those readers rooting for shovels, we are red-flagging the 2018 dates of January 20-23, February 4-7 & 16-19, and March 1-3 & 20-23 along the Atlantic Seaboard for some heavy precipitation.
So just how are these forecasts generated? We asked the Farmers’ Almanac, and this is what they said.
The editors of the Farmers' Almanac firmly deny using any type of computer satellite tracking equipment, weather lore or groundhogs. What they will admit to is using a specific and reliable set of rules that were developed back in 1818 by David Young, the Almanac's first editor. These rules have been altered slightly and turned into a formula that is both mathematical and astronomical. The formula takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, position of the planets, and a variety of other factors into consideration. The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers' Almanac weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee. To protect this proprietary and reliable formula, the editors of the Farmers' Almanac prefer to keep both Caleb's true identity and the formula a closely guarded brand secret.
Note: Weather forecasters haven't issued their official predictions yet, saying it's still too early to tell. Meteorologists with AccuWeather.com haven't even sat down yet to hash out what they think the upcoming winter will bring, senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said.