Using their “almost 200 century-old formula,” the editors of the “time-tested and generation-approved” Farmers’ Almanac are predicting a frost-bound, Siberian winter for two-thirds of the United States.
“Return of the Ice Cold Winter” is how the 2017 edition of the famed annual publication characterizes the impending chill, according to a press release.
“Winter is coming!” the Farmers’ Almanac editors announce, as they advise that this year might be a good time to “splurge on a snow blower.”
The “amazingly accurate” long-range forecast — starting on page 65 — covers September 2016 through December 2017. It prognosticates “exceptionally cold conditions” for several regions of the United States including the Midwest, the Great Lakes and Middle Atlantic regions, the Ohio Valley, and the entire Northeast.
“February is the month to really be ready for cold conditions,” Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger warns. “According to our long-range outlook, many places will see downright frigid temperatures this month, some as low as 40 degrees below zero!”
Ski enthusiasts in New England will be ecstatic with mounds of snowfall as well — though also, presumably, pretty cold.
Parts of the nation will be spared from the hyperboreal chill. Residents in the western chunk of the United States will experience “milder than normal conditions,” the yearly almanac predicts.