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Farmers Almanac: 2015 Minnesota Winter Predictions

Posted by Brooke on Sep 24, 2014 12:45:00 PM

What to Expect this Winter in Minnesota 

So many forecasters, so many different predictions. Who to believe? 

The Old Farmers Almanac, now known as The Almanac, is North America's oldest continuously published periodical (first published in 1792) and comes out every year in September. The operation is based in Dublin, New Hampshire and the words of the Almanac's founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide them still:

"Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor."

The Almanac predicts a relatively normal and (unsurprisingly) cold winter for those of us in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The Almanac also predicts that in some areas, below normal temperatures and precipitation will occur due to the reoccuring cold streaks throughout January and February.

Another forecasting group, Farmers’ Almanac, has a very different forecast. This publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, uses a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles for its long-range weather forecasts.

The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted this past year’s nasty winter, while federal forecasters didn’t do so well. This winter Farmers' Almanac predicts colder than normal temperatures and wetter than usual precipitation! In other words, another long, dark, cold winter. 

You can opt to believe either one of these ‘almanac’ predictions, consult one of your favorite weather apps, or trust your local or national forecaster for your daily weather reports. Regardless of who you believe, winter is on its way and the best we can do is prepare for it. Enjoy the remaining days of sunshine, Minnesota! 

No matter how the winter turns out, you can still winterize your home to help protect it from the wear and tear of winter.


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