Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Forecast


Every year since 1818, the Old Farmers’ Almanac has confounded the public by offering incredibly accurate long-range weather predictions.

This year, the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted that winter temperatures in Southern Ontario will be slightly below normal this winter. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, from late December into early January, and in mid-and late January. Perfect for blowing snow if needed!

In more good news if you like the winter, precipitation and snowfall will be much above normal, with the snowiest periods in mid-December, early to mid-January, and early to mid-March.

Turns out, while the Almanac is alarmingly accurate in its long-range predictions, the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac do not use any type of computer satellite tracking equipment. Instead, they use rules that were developed back in 1818 by David Young, the Almanac’s first editor. These rules have been altered slightly for modern times, and converted into a formula that is part mathematical, part astrology.

The formula takes into consideration things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of other factors. The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator, who goes by the pseudonym of “Caleb Weatherbee.” Caleb Weatherbee!!

To protect this reliable formula, the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac keep Caleb’s true identity and the formula a closely guarded brand secret. But not the results of their secret weather forecasting! For more on the Older Farmer’s Almanac, check out https://www.almanac.com/how-old-farmers-almanac-predicts-weather