The Farmers’ Almanac: Winter Weather Predictions for 2023/2024
Each year, people anticipate the arrival of the Farmers Almanacs’ winter weather predictions. Should I get a new snow blower? More importantly…should I get a new SNOWMOBILE? Do I need to start saving for heating oil now? How much shoveling is in my future? All of these questions need to be answered…and there’s nothing more fun than getting a little sneak peak into the future with The Farmers’ Almanac and Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions!
To start — keep in mind there are TWO farmers almanacs, both using a secret formula to make predictions. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, based in Dublin, New Hampshire, has been publishing weather predictions since 1792 with a mix of humor and useful information. The Farmers’ Almanac, published since 1818, is a Maine-based almanac with weather predictions and other random bits of information like “10 Best Bugs to Eat” and “When to Catch the Most Fish”!
Just this week, the anticipated (albeit controversial) Farmers’ Almanac winter weather prediction came out, with the Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions planning to be posted closer to Labor Day Weekend.
So, what EXACTLY are the Farmers Almanacs predicting for Winter 2023 / 2024?
The Farmers’ Almanac
The Farmers’ Almanac tagline says”The Brrrrr is back!” as it predicts winter weather making a comeback in 2024. Starting in December, they predict lots of snowstorms and cold temperatures for Northern New England (that’s us), with especially heightened snowfall in January and February. Well, GAME ON…
The other part we love about the Farmer’s Almanac prediction is the late season snow– saying that “March could go out like a lion, with stormy conditions nationwide” and a late season snowstorm. If true, this is great news for snowmobilers who travel to Maine to ride the 14,000+ mile snowmobile trail network, including the 100+ miles groomed and maintained by the Forks Area Trails Club! Think: groomed trail access right out your cabin door…dreamy, right?!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac for winter 2024 predicts above normal snowfall, average temps… heck, yes!
Photo: Old Farmer’s Almanac
They say to get prepared for “oodles of fluffy white throughout the season… especially in the northeast, where snow will arrive beginning in November” and last into Spring!
If they’re right- it’s time to get the shovels- and more importantly, the sleds- ready for an epic season!
Believe it…or Not?
Great, great….but how accurate are these predictions really? The Old Farmer’s Almanac claims their forecasts average 80% accuracy, with some years dipping to 55% and others as high as 98%. Although these forecasts don’t tell a day-to-day story, they are supposed to give readers a general understanding of the winter and whether it will be above, at, or below average in terms of precipitation and temperature.
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Ask a meteorologist, though, and they’ll doubt the accuracy of these predictions…
— Bryan Shaw (@WxShaw) August 27, 2019
So the question is, are we really going to get a lot of snow this winter? In Maine, it’s hard tellin’ not knowin’. Feel free to keep an eye on our webcam and weather page to see for yourself, or better yet, book a cabin and experience it for yourself!