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It’s around this time of year that the Farmer’s Almanac and Old Farmer’s Almanac issue their predictions for the coming winter. So, what do they have to say about it? What does winter have in store for us? First, let’s get to know these two sources a little better, then we’ll take a look at their predictions for this winter.

A concept graphic of wintery weather. Roll off container rental

Old Farmer’s Almanac vs. Farmer’s Almanac

First off, let’s be clear about one thing: both of these almanacs intend as much to entertain as they do to inform. Nowadays, if we want to know what the weather will be like, we’re probably more likely to check an app on our smartphone than an almanac hanging on a nail in our outhouse.

Nonetheless, both the Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmer’s Almanac take their weather predictions seriously, and they both tend to be right more often than not. Modern meteorologists are a bit more skeptical. The Farmer’s Almanac makes their weather predictions 16 months in advance, while the Old Farmer’s Almanac makes theirs 18 months in advance. Modern meteorologists say that anything beyond a 10-14 day forecast is basically guesswork.

Both almanacs are very old. The first edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac was published in 1792 by a man named Robert Thomas. The Farmer’s Almanac, on the other hand was first released in 1818 by David Young.

Check back soon for Weather Predictions for this winter – are you ready? Part 2. In the meantime, check out our page on roll off container rental and get those last minute summer projects knocked out!