These days, winter seems to go one of two ways: it’s either unbelievably sunny and mild, or it’s at the opposite end of the spectrum. Bitter cold temperatures roll in, chapping skin and freezing roads. Snow piles up and grinds life to a halt.
The forecasters behind the Farmers’ Almanac use an age-old, top secret formula to determine the type of winter ahead. And, as expected, their forecast for 2018 is not a middle-of-the-road, hot-and-cold seasonal outlook: it’s a bleak prediction of what’s ahead.
One horrible winter preceded the foundation of the of the Farmers’ Almanac in 1818. Two years prior, the northeastern United States experienced what would come to be known as the Year Without a Summer. Cold temperatures all year long prevented crops from growing, a situation that obviously hit farmers hard.