The Washington area will continue to pronounce the word "F" this winter. It will be very cold, cold and icy.
The 2020 Farmer's Almanac predicts that winter in the Pacific region will include colder than normal temperatures, above-average rainfall, and many "F" words: "freezing, freezing, and freezing".
"We're saying this winter is going to be full of chills and shivers," said Sandi Duncan, Farmers' Almanac's editor-in-chief. "We call it a polar winter in front of us."
Fluctuations of the thermometer looking like a roller coaster should include more low than high. "Which, of course, in your part of the country could mean a winter mix of mess, ice, snow and rain," Duncan said.
She added that the worst winter temperatures would be delayed, but that the Farmer's Almanac is away from 4 to 7 and 12 to 15 January for precipitation.
For the end of January to February, the almanac predicts an explosion in the Arctic.
For the fall and winter holidays, the Farmer's Almanac believes that Halloween and Thanksgiving could be "a little stormy". As for Christmas, expect it to be wet.
Since 1818, the Farmer's Almanac has been publishing long-term weather forecasts based on an astronomical and mathematical formula that applies observations on such things as solar point activity, moon tide action, and planets.
Critics such as Amelia Draper, Meteorologist at Storm Team 4, point out however that the forecasts are not scientific.
Draper thinks that the almanac contains useful information about the phases of the moon and the sunset, but advises against using the almanac weather forecast to plan a vacation or your wedding.
"Predictions are nothing to take seriously," Draper said. "It would be like believing the marmot for an early spring or a longer winter."
Referring to the accuracy of the 2019 almanac, Duncan notes that he called for snowstorms in January between January 8 and 11 and January 12 to 15, 2019. And D.C. had a storm on January 13th.
In February 2019, the almanac called for a weekend storm on the eve of the president, which would be followed by snow and, of course, Petra's snowstorm.
Forecasts for March 4 to 7, 2019, predicted a storm on the east coast causing gusty winds, moderate to heavy precipitation, heavy rains and snowfall in New England and less south. in reality what happened.
Beyond the weather, the 2020 Farmer Almanac features articles on natural remedies, safe and tasty insects to eat, how animals survive extreme weather, ways to melt ice more naturally, life tips and gardening tips.
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