Say It Ain’t Snow! Farmers’ Almanac™ Predicts Another Unseasonably Cold Winter!The editors of the Farmers Almanac are issuing a stern warning, to “brace yourselves” for a winter forecast that you may not want to read. “Depending on where you live and how much cold and snow you like, we have good news and bad news,” reveals editor Peter Geiger, Philom. According to the 2016 edition, which hits store shelves today, winter will once again split the country in half, with the eastern sections of the country on tap for frigidly cold conditions, and the other half predicted to experience milder to more normal winter conditions. “The winter of 2015–2016 is looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures,” reveals Caleb Weatherbee, the Farmers’ Almanac’s weather prognosticator, adding, “the term ‘déjà vu’ comes to mind.” Cold conditions are likely to affect, the eastern portions of the Great Lakes, the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast region. “Last year our bitterly cold and shivery forecast came true in many areas including Chicago which experienced its coldest Februarys on record,” shares Geiger. “This year many of these same areas may want to get a jump start now and stock up on lots of winter survival gear: sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.” Snow?! While winter cold may be enough to scare many south or west this year, snow is the other factor in the forecast. If you are a snow-lover, this is where the Farmers’ Almanac has more good news. Much of the Great Plains, Great Lakes, New England, and parts of the Ohio Valley will see snow, snow and more snow. How Are The Predictions Made? The Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions are based on a very specific mathematical and astronomical formula. Developed in 1818 by David Young, the Almanac‘s first editor, this formula takes many factors into consideration, including sunspot activity, Moon phases, tidal action, and more. This carefully-guarded formula has been passed along from calculator to calculator and has never been revealed. Unlike your local news, government, or commercial weather service, Farmers’ Almanac forecasts are calculated several years in advance. Once the Farmers’ Almanac is printed, the editors never go back to change or update the forecasts the way other local sources do. Though weather forecasting, and long-range forecasting in particular, remains an inexact science, many people swear by the long-range weather forecasts offered by this yearly publication, claiming an 80-85% accuracy rate. More weather predictions and seasonal outlook maps at http://farmersalmanac.com/weather-outlook/2016-winter-forecast/ More Than The Weather In addition to the weather, this edition, which is the 199th continuous publication of the Farmers’ Almanac, contains many entertaining and informative articles ranging from intriguing, quirky and unique, to historical and informative. Did you know that drinking tea can improve your memory? Or that a cucumber is really a fruit? This year’s edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is packed with valuable advice on ways to live a more natural and healthier lifestyle. It takes a look at five historical droughts (including one current one), shares unusual muffin recipes, a new recipe contest, best days in 2016 to buy a house, quit smoking or wean your toddler, natural ways to combat garden pests, weird roadside attractions you’ve got to see to believe, plus annual favorites such as gardening, Moon, fishing, and eclipse calendars. “The Farmers’ Almanac is a slice of everyday life topped with the “hacks” you need (we’ve been doing them since our first edition) to do things better and more easily, plus wit and wisdom,” shares Duncan, “including a very timely and appropriate Thought of the Year: ‘All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.’ ” Time-tested and generation approved, the Farmers’ Almanac is a compendium of knowledge on weather, gardening, cooking, home remedies, healthy living, managing your household, preserving the Earth and more. For more information and to obtain press photos and maps, go to www.FarmersAlmanac.com/for-the-press. Follow Farmers’ Almanac on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Vine and Instagram.