According to the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, this winter is going come early, and throw Canada into a deep freeze – except in southern BC of course!
The publication predicts more rain and storms, but mild temperatures for our region. That means no white Christmas is expected for us, but the lights do seem to sparkle more in those puddles.
With an accuracy rate of around 80%, it may come as a surprise that no satellite data is used. According the official website, predictions have been made since 1818, with minor alterations, using “a formula that is both mathematical and astronomical.”
“The formula takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, position of the planets, and a variety of other factors into consideration. The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee.”
This year’s Farmer’s Almanac is the 200th edition, yet it is no less popular. Speaking to the CBC’s Metro Morning, the Almanac’s editor Pete Geiger reveals that the new audience are Millennials.
Geiger explains, “In the early days, it was about saving money. Now it’s about being good to the environment and growing your own food.”
So get ready to garden this winter, but don’t forget your rain boots!