Get ready to bundle up! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its official predictions for winter 2021 to 2022, dubbing it the season of shivers.
As the days get shorter and colder, many of us are starting to prepare for winter. And according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it may be best to prepare for extreme cold this year. In the book, which is a wonderful tool for predicting weather patterns, tracking moon phases, and more, this year is going to provide us with a “season of shivers.”
Janice Stillman, the editor of the almanac, says it could be “one of the coldest that we’ve seen in years.”
For years, there has been debate about the accuracy of the almanac. However, for many, the book is a go-to for farming, hunting, etc.
When speaking of winter 2021, the book says that most of the nation is going to experience a winter “punctuated by positively bone-chilling, below-average temperatures.”
In areas like the Midwest and Northeast, snow will cover the ground. In the Northwest, we will see above-average snowfall as well. And in the middle of the U.S., we will see average temperatures and more snow. Even in the deep south, snow is expected, according to the almanac.
The West Coast will be spared, with a “mild” and “dry” winter from the western halves of Washington and Oregon, throughout California, and much of Arizona and
New Mexico. And the only state with a “warm” prediction is Hawaii.
In Northern Canada, preparing for winter storms is very important this year; which will leave areas “snowed in, sleeted on, slushed about, soaked, and otherwise generally soggy,” the guide predicts.
“This coming winter won’t be remarkable in terms of temperature, but for our Canadian friends who will end up just wanting to dry out, it will be a long season indeed,” Stillman adds.
Despite debates around the accuracy of the almanac, it claims an 80% accuracy rate for weather predictions. They use solar science, weather patterns, and general meteorology to understand and forecast weather for their book. In addition to weather predictions, it also contains gardening ideas, recipes, and information about the stars and skies.