October 1, 2023


The Outdated Farmer’s Almanac (to not be confused with its rival, the Farmer’s Almanac), predicts a light, snowy New England winter.

Pittsfield, Mass. is pictured in March 2023. The Outdated Farmer’s Almanac predicts a light however snowy winter for New England this 12 months. Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle through AP

The Outdated Farmer’s Almanac revealed its winter climate predictions this week, forecasting a snowy however gentle winter within the northeast.

To not be confused with its rival publication the Farmer’s Almanac, the Outdated Farmer’s Almanac proudly identifies because the oldest almanac within the nation. The Dublin, New Hampshire-based periodical has been predicting the climate for farmers, gardeners, and out of doors adventurers alike since 1792 — with 80 % accuracy, it claimed in a Tuesday press launch. 

This 12 months, the almanac says New Englanders can anticipate snow as early as November.

The 2024 Outdated Farmers Almanac. – Courtesy Picture

In its “northeast” area, which spans New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and western Massachusetts, the almanac predicts above-normal temperatures all winter lengthy, with snowy durations in November, December, and January and, crucially, a white Christmas.

Within the “Atlantic hall” area, which incorporates japanese Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and most of Connecticut, the periodical equally predicts milder-than-average temperatures and snowy stretches in December, January, and February — however no snow on Christmas.

If that’s disappointing information, take consolation in the truth that the Outdated Farmer’s Almanac would be the first to confess that it typically will get it fallacious.

“Though neither we nor every other forecasters have as but gained ample perception into the mysteries of the universe to foretell the climate with complete accuracy,” the almanac disclaims on its web site, “our outcomes are sometimes very near our conventional declare of 80 %.”

The Outdated Farmer’s Almanac bases its long-range predictions on a proprietary “secret formulation” developed by its founder, Robert B. Thomas and refined through the years. The formulation accounts for sunspot exercise, prevailing climate patterns and atmospheric information.

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The competing Farmer’s Almanac additionally has a secret weather-predicting formulation, recognized solely by its “climate prognosticator” (who operates beneath the alias Caleb Weatherbee, for functions of anonymity).

For all their fanfare and secrecy, native meteorologists don’t take the almanacs’ early predictions too significantly, Boston.com reported in 2019.

“I feel it’s an ideal learn, I simply don’t suppose folks needs to be planning their holidays or how a lot vitality they’re going to wish for the winter based mostly on the almanac’s outlook,” Eric Fisher, chief meteorologist for WBZ-TV, stated of the Farmer’s Almanac. 

Fueling the skepticism, the 2 almanacs had very totally different predictions for winter 2024. In distinction to its competitor, the Farmer’s Almanac predicted an unseasonably chilly winter in New England, with a number of snowstorms starting in December.