The Farmers Almanac: Accurate Predictions?

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Griffin Stewart, Writer

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, it is going to be a “bitterly cold” winter for most of North America. “Start stocking up on heavy coats, flannel and thermal underwear,” advises John Platt.  “The Southeast will be chilly and wet all winter.”  But that’s not all the Almanac predicts.

It claims that on February 2, 2014 there is going to be stormy weather. February 2, 2014 happens to be Super Bowl XLVIII or as Sandi Duncan managing editor for the Almanac call it, “The Storm Bowl”.

Not all people believe that the Farmers’ Almanac’s predictions are true, though their website insists, “Many longtime Almanac followers claim that our forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate.” Despite this, the Farmers’ Almanac has lost readership over time due to increased skepticism.

“Farmers’ Almanac, which brags about their 80% accuracy rating in the past 197 years, but provides no reasoning behind their forecast is mainly calling for below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall across much of the United States,”  commented Storm Central.

Storm Central further dismissed the claims of the Farmers’ Almanac by saying, “Last year, Farmers’ Almanac was extremely off, but by the end of the season, their forecasts prevailed to at least a 60% accuracy rating. Nonetheless, we cannot forget the failed winter forecasts and each winter forecast must be taken with a grain of salt.”

However, some people still stick with the Farmers’ Almanac due to the 80 percent accuracy rating on their website.

If you want to view what the weather is predicted in your area see:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/files/2013/08/farmers.jpg

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