After a very mild winter that broke a 50-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that “the BRR [will be] back!”
Reports from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center show that El Niño (an unusual warming of ocean waters off the Pacific coast of South America) conditions are present, potentially strengthening the 2023–2024 Northern Hemisphere winter.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this would mean that we can expect colder temperatures, along with snow, sleet, and ice. February will bring a storm of snow, rainfall and frigid temperatures to the East Coast. While another storm is predicted to follow in March, extending winter into the early months of spring.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses a mathematical and astronomical formula to determine their annual predictions. Since 1818, they have been forecasting patterns and conditions to help people prep for the weather ahead.
Apparently, the 230-year-old periodical has boasted an 80 percent accuracy rate for weather forecasts. However, this is all to say that The Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions last year were overruled by NOAA’s contrasting prediction of warmer temperatures that turned out to be true.
The NOAA’s Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Outlook for the next three months lean towards above average temperatures and equal chances of precipitation.
Only time will tell which prediction will come out on top, but until then, let’s try to enjoy as much of the nice summer and fall weather we can!