The Differing Farmer’s Almanac Winter Forecasts Ruin My Trust
Really....it's things like this that give me deep-seeded trust issues. Who am I supposed to believe?! I've been seeing posts everywhere on Facebook from people offering up the long range winter 2018-2019 forecast from either of the two Farmer's Almanacs. And honestly, one minute it's depressing, then the next minute, it's not. And it's because neither one of these fine publications has the same overall viewpoint of what our winter weather is supposed to be.
Last winter, I wondered what the subtle differences were between the two publications. So much so, that I wrote about it here. Both almanacs have been around for over two centuries. The Old Farmer's Almanac has been around since 1792 and comes out of Lewiston, ME; the "new" Farmer's Almanac has been around since 1818 and comes out of Dublin, NH. But, as much as I hate to say it, the newer, Dublin, NH version has been more consistent with an 80% accuracy rate.
So that said, The Old Farmer's Almanac calls for a warm, wet winter here in the Northeast. The "New" Farmer's Almanac is calling for a bitterly cold, snowy winter. And sadly, this is the consistently more accurate version. Argh!!! I want the warm and wet winter!! I can't take another one like last year. Florida looks better all the time, even if Florida does have the absolute craziest people in the country.
So if you do have any amount of trust in the Farmer's Almanacs, it would seem we have to put ,more stock in the new one. I'm not happy about it, but why lie to ourselves?! Just suck it up, change the oil in the snowblower, and get ready to deal with another inevitable Maine winter.