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Do You Agree with Farmers' Almanac Prediction of Bitter, Cold Winter?
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on October 10, 2013 @ 6:17PM
Created on October 10, 2013 @ 2:45PM

This year's Farmers' Almanac is predicting a bitter cold winter.

Do you believe the 197-year-old publication though? Are you gearing up for what the book claims is going to be a piercing cold winter? The cold front could even interfere with the Super Bowl.

The almanac, which came out last month, predicts a winter storm will hit right around the time the game supposed to kickoff. With the game being played outside for the first time in years, this could cause a problem.

The almanac's secret formula to predict the outcome of the weather has been the same for hundreds of years, so just how accurate is it? While most modern scientists don't put much stock into the way the almanac gets its predictions,  those who help make the book claim it works. They said the forecasts that readers use to do everything from a planning wedding to planting a garden, is accurate about 80% of the time.

Experts said it can be tricky to predict the weather this far into the future. Our very own meteorologist Pierce Legeion said trying to predict it this far in advance can be hit or miss.

He said, "Sometimes they're right. A lot of times, they're not. Beyond about five or seven days out, it's really difficult to accurately predict what the weather's going to do."

Others said they're prepared for whatever kind of winter might come our way.

Harrison County resident Don Douglas said, "I always enjoying reading the Farmers' Almanac. Sometimes it's pretty good, and sometimes it misses it, but like the man says, 'Hey, what're you going to do about the weather?' You just got to live with it."

His wife, Dianne Douglas, said, "My grandparents live by it. They really thought that was the way to go. That's the only forecasting they had."

The almanac predicts a terribly cold winter for two thirds of the country.


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