SNOW: IT’S A FOUR-LETTER WORD

by Chris Gurreri

If you haven’t already stopped reading in disgust, I promise this blog won’t be anything but positive about the upcoming winter season. In fact, the Farmers Almanac is calling for an average winter this year, which is something I can live with!

I mean, lets look on the bright side here folks, and look at the adjectives describing the next 4 months across the country. Words such as “Cold & Very Snowy” make me shudder at the thought of shoveling another 24 inches of snow. Or descriptions like “Bitterly Cold” as it predicts for New England; so sorry for their luck!! Our area doesn’t look all that bad in comparison; I’ll take “very cold and average” over “bitter” and “snowy” any day!

Of course, the question arises as to the accuracy and legitimacy of the legendary Farmers Almanac. The fact is that it originated long before the Civil War when the original weather calculator, David Young, published the first edition. The Almanac’s name and reputation of making accurate predictions is nothing new, however they won’t share the secret formula that’s been passed down through the generations. “Since 1818, this carefully guarded formula has been passed along from calculator to calculator and has never been revealed,” states its website. Even so, it’s known that the weather calculators do base their predictions on factors such as sunspots, moon phases, and other astronomical and atmospheric conditions.

There are also clues in nature that can point to a severe winter, although some find these to be more folklore than anything else:

  • Squirrels gather nuts early in the year
  • Crickets are found in the chimney
  • Trees hold their leaves late in the fall and remain green
  • Spiders spin larger than normal webs
  • Woodpeckers share a tree

I love the latter, since it’s almost impossible to spot and makes no sense at all!

Despite their claims of 80 – 85% accuracy over the years, they do suggest that weather predicting is not an exact science, something my local weatherman proves again and again every week. If I were as accurate at my job as the typical meteorologist, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this article, at least not at Classic! None of us have a crystal ball to predict the future, much less the weather, but I’m with the Almanac this year and hope that our winter season is just plain old “average.”

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