A BLAST OF SNOW IN OCTOBER! Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Frigid Winter for 2013-14

Sugar Mountain got a blast of winter weather last week, with snow and ice on the upper elevations and a dusting of the white stuff on all the slopes. The phones have been ringing off the hook with winter reservations and some key dates are already booked! Folks in western North Carolina can look forward to a blustery winter for 2013-14, if the Farmer’s Almanac is right. The publication is forecasting a season that’s “colder and drier” than normal. According to the forecast, the coldest periods will be in early and late December, early January, and early February.

The almanac’s prediction is at odds with that released by the National Weather Service, which is predicting a warmer than normal winter for the entire country. Which forecast turns out to be right could go a long way towards resolving the question of the almanac’s accuracy, which has been a source of controversy since it first appeared in print. Depending in who you believe, the almanac either has an accuracy rating of more than 80% or practically zero. The publication’s reliability has never been the subject of a formal study.

A staple of rural life for 195 years

The Farmer’s Almanac was started in 1818 in Morristown, New Jersey by Jacob Mann and David Young. Current offices are in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to weather forecasts, the almanac contains how-to advice on planting, herbal medicine, and other aspects of simple living. It’s well-known for its human interest and inspirational articles as well.
The forecasting methods used by the almanac are closely guarded secrets. Sunspots, tidal patterns, and planetary positions are some of the factors known to be considered. The identity of the forecaster is unknown; he’s identified simply by the pseudonym “Caleb Weatherbee.”
The North Carolina Mountains have seen a wide range of winter weather over the past several years. The cold season of 2010-11 was dubbed “Snowmageddon” due to the unusually cold temperatures and huge amounts of snowfall. On the other hand, the 2011-12 winter was extremely mild for the area, with temperatures staying above freezing and precipitation well below average levels.

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