The Old Farmers Almanac Predicts A Bitter Cold Winter For Half Of The Country

Summer just ended and fall is officially in swing, but people are already looking ahead to winter. After all, winter is coming like it or not.

While the National Weather Service has yet to release its weather predictions for the 2022-2023 winter, we may just have a taste of it thanks to the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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People have been relying on the Farmers’ Almanac (founded in 1818) and the Old Farmer’s Almanac (founded in 1792) for weather prediction for centuries.

According to their 2022-2023 forecast, the winter will split the country into two halves. One will have a mild winter and the other will have a bitter cold winter.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has aptly named the forecast “A Tale of Two Winters!

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According to its prediction, the dividing line will be around the Rocky Mountains. West of the Rockies will be mild compared to past winters while east of the Rockies will experience “bone-chilling cold and loads of snow.”

The Old Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast is largely based on the lower levels of solar activity and the current La Niña weather pattern.

According to the Storm Shield App, La Niña refers to a climate phenomenon in which there are cooler ocean surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon can change global weather patterns.

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The World Meteorological Organization reports that if La Niña holds, it will be the third in a row, making it the first “triple dip” La Niña of this century!

“It is exceptional to have three consecutive years with a la Niña event. Its cooling influence is temporarily slowing the rise in global temperatures — but it will not halt or reverse the long-term warming trend,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a press release.

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The Farmers’ Almanac predicted a similar winter weather forecast, with a line along the Rocky Mountains that separates the “snow-filled” and “shivery” east from the mild west.

Of course, the predictions are just predictions and should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s hard to predict weather patterns so many months in advance, but it’ll be interesting to see what the winter holds!

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