These days, winter seems to go one of two ways: it’s either unbelievably sunny and mild, or it’s at the opposite end of the spectrum. Bitterly cold temperatures roll in, chapping skin and freezing roads. Snow piles up and grinds life to a halt too.
When determining which kind of winter will greet us, however, the forecasters behind the Farmers’ Almanac use an age-old, top secret formula. And their forecast for 2018 is not a middle-of-the-road, hot-and-cold seasonal outlook: it’s a bleak prediction of what’s ahead.
One horrible winter had preceded the foundation of the Farmers’ Almanac in 1818. Two years prior, the northeastern United States had experienced what would come to be known as the “Year Without a Summer.” Cold temperatures during that period had prevented crops from growing – a situation that obviously hit farmers hard.