It’s here and the specter of a wet and cold winter is the prognostication.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac hit news stands last week.
Alongside all the gardening tips, sewing tricks, canning ideas, moon phases and how sniffing turned to kissing, there is something even sweeter — yearlong weather predictions for all of the United States.
Established in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas, the Almanac is the longest continuously published periodical in America.
Using a formula established by Thomas which includes sunspots, solar activity, climatology data and weather patterns, the age-old publication also adopted a more state-of-the-art approach to predicting weather more than a decade ago.
Now, Almanac staffers regularly consult weather experts and gather statistical data from groups like the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make its long-range forecasts.
The Almanac claims its predictions have more than an 80 percent rate of accuracy.
And, if this year’s edition is to be believed, a cold winter is in store for Ada but a rainy spring may be the relief a parched Pontotoc County reaps for it.
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