Lewiston, ME: Winter is right around the corner, and the Farmers’ Almanac, which accurately forewarned of the bitterly cold and snow-filled winter last year, just released its 2015 edition and official winter weather outlook.
It’s not for the faint of heart.
According to the 198th edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, “The winter of 2014–2015 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation, with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.” The new edition, which hits the store shelves officially on August 25, 2014, states that “no region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures.”
Not good news for the winter-weary. The Almanac, which has been predicting the weather for nearly 200 years, suggests that there will be a very cold outbreak during the final week of January into the beginning of February, going as far as to state that temperatures could drop to 40 below over the Northern Plains. Yes, “more shivery and shovelry” conditions are on tap for the winter ahead.
“While we don’t think the winter will be as extreme as last year,” reveals editor Peter Geiger, “we do believe that it’s going to be another one for the record books.”
The Farmers’ Almanac outlook includes a very stormy one for the eastern third of the country, with copious amounts of snow and rain, especially during the first ten days of January and the first week in February near the Atlantic Coast. Near-normal precipitation is expected for the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest states, and Northern Plains. Below-normal precipitation values are forecast for the Southwest states as well as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. The Central and Southern Plains are in what the Almanac is describing the “above average precipitation area.”
The 2015 Farmers’ Almanac contains 16 months of weather forecasts (September 2014 through December 2015) and provides a broad overview and map for the winter and summer seasons ahead, as well as month-by-month zoned forecasts for the contiguous U.S. Millions of readers consult the Farmers’ Almanac for seasonal outlooks as well as use its long-range forecasts to pick dates for vacations and weddings.
Aside from an ominous winter weather outlook, the 2015 Farmers’ Almanac contains unique and refreshing articles on ways to live a more healthy, organic, and happier lifestyle. The 198th edition offers even more natural remedies, including a natural way to boost your immunity system and help flu symptoms dissipate quicker, as well as uses for catnip, natural bug repellent ideas, and helpful ways to encourage good luck in new homes. Always thrifty, this year’s edition offers stories on how to eat organically without blowing your budget, cost-friendly ways to makeover your garden, how and where you can find reusable building materials for your DIY projects, and what common ingredients you should stock in your medicine cabinet for more natural and less-expensive healthcare.
“If the winter weather outlook doesn’t excite you,” shares managing editor Sandi Duncan, “the new edition of theFarmers’ Almanac is sure to help make 2015 your year by providing you with the important tools you need to grow your life.”
For the first time in its 198-year history, the Farmers’ Almanac did put a small disclaimer near its winter outlook. At the time of printing for the 2015 edition, the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino warning. As Caleb Weatherbee, Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator notes, “an El Nino could result in more rain this winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier.” This could affect the Almanac’s long-range outlook, but both its editors and Weatherbee stand by their winter forecast of more “shivery and shovelry,” and suggest readers stock up on firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa for another long, cold winter.