The Farmers’ Almanac: Winter Weather Predictions for 2021/2022
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 1972 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 and Old Farmer’s Almanac winter weather predictions came out, and this year they are saying some mixed things – from bitter cold and big snow to wet and wintry mixes.
So, what EXACTLY are the Farmers Almanacs predicting for Winter 2021/2022?
The Farmers’ Almanac
The Farmers’ Almanac predicts an average year for precipitation from coast-to-coast, with some potential for big snow in January and March. 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?!
In particular, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a “winter whopper” for the northeast at the end of February, with a nor’easter dumping a big “dose of winter” on us in March. Thankfully, we’re always prepared for those March snowstorms with our SPRING FEVER lodging deal — buy one night, get one night free on Sunday-Thursday stays!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Photo: Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for “bone chilling, below-average temperatures” across the states, with one of the longest and coldest winters we’ve seen in a long time. Although there’s some talk of “wintry mixes”, it also notes that the super cold will bring lots of snow. This is good for snowmobilers — cooler temps means snow instead of rain, and the trails set nicely after a night’s groom! That being said, the above map shows “cold and wet” for our portion of Maine…so, only time will tell what we end up with!
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.
North Woods 4 Bedroom Cabin at Northern Outdoors
Ask a meteorologist, though, and they’ll doubt the accuracy of these predictions…
— Bryan Shaw (@WxShaw) August 27, 2019
Even when they love winter just as much as any of us! 🙂
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!