Winter Is Coming: Old Farmer’s Almanac Sees ‘Cold, Snowy’ Season Ahead For North Texas | KERA News

Winter Is Coming: Old Farmer’s Almanac Sees ‘Cold, Snowy’ Season Ahead For North Texas

Sep 7, 2017

It's right there on the map in the 2018 version of the "Old Farmer's Almanac" -- a giant snowflake covering North Texas.

The annual forecast from the 226-year-old publication is out. And it's sending chills through folks in Dallas-Fort Worth with its swath of "cold, snowy" winter weather blowing through these parts.

For generations, real-life farmers have made an annual ritual of thumbing through the Almanac, a paperback compendium of everything from "Secrets of the Zodiac" to "Gestation and Mating Tables." (FYI: Sows take an average of 115 days to make a piglet.)

How well do these way-too-early forecasts pan out? Well ... the Almanac itself claims an 80 percent accuracy rate. The Atlantic investigated a few years back, and while the editors still use some old-school voodoo involving sunspots, they also consider newfangled factors like satellite data and jet-stream patterns.

So it's fine to stock up on sweaters. But snow shovels? Well...

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