Since 1818, the Farmers' Almanac has been using a secret formula (it factors sunspots, the tidal action of the moon, and the position of the planets into the equation) to predict long-term weather patterns. Unlike the short-term predictions we see on TV or consult on our phones to tell us whether to grab an umbrella on our way out the door, these long-term forecasts are made a couple of years in advance. While these forecasts were originally intended to guide farmers on when to plant and harvest their crops, they're now also used to help us prepare for the seasons ahead. Looking at these predictions can help us decide when to schedule weddings and outdoor events, or determine the best week to book a ski trip. And once you take a peek at the Farmers' Almanac's weather predictions for winter 2018 to 2019, it may just convince you to order some winter boots and hibernate for the next few months.
According to the Farmers' Almanac's Winter Forecast report, this winter will be, “Colder-than-normal… from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians.” The really cold temperatures will arrive mid-February in the Northeast/New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Southeast. An Arctic cold front will deliver a sharp drop in temperature, blustery winds, and snowfall. Feeling nervous already? Time to start stocking up on warm undershirts and consult our top tips for staying warm.