This year, it'd be a good idea to get an early start growing your winter coat for those of you east of the Rockies — if you trust the predictions of the Farmers' Almanac, that is. Sometimes referred to as the "New Farmers' Almanac, the publication founded in 1818 is well known for its winter predictions.
Based in Lewiston, Maine, the Farmers' Almanac is predicting the following for each region of the U.S.:
— PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Mild and stormy
— SOUTHWEST: Balmy and wet
— UPPER MIDWEST: Freezing cold and average snowfall
— LOWER MIDWEST: Chilled-to-the-bone and wet
— GREAT LAKES: Numbing cold and snowy
— NORTHEAST: Ice cold and snow filled
— SOUTHEAST: Penetrating cold and very wet
Editor Peter Geiger summed the prediction up this way: "Cold Man Winter did seem to be on vacation last year thanks to a very strong El Niño, but this year he's back."
The Old Farmer's Almanac, founded in 1792 and based out of Dublin, New Hampshire, draws a significantly different picture for this winter.
— TEMPERATURE: While the Old Almanac agrees with the New that most places east of the Rockies will be exceptionally cold, it also predicts the same for the West Coast states. It only agrees with the above-normal temperatures for the Intermountain West and Desert Southwest.
— SNOWFALL: The Old Almanac sees even more snow than the New, predicting above average snowfall not only for almost all of the northern states east of the Rockies but west as well. The exception is northern New England, which will see less.
— PRECIPITATION: The Old Almanac predicts that the entire northern two-thirds of the U.S. will see above-average precipitation but doesn't share the New Almanac's prediction of wet southern states as well. The Old makes a notable exception for most of California, which it believes will still be experiencing its long-running drought.
Neither almanac gave predictions for Alaska and Hawaii in their long-range forecast summaries.
Which almanac's predictions do you trust more?