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August 27, 2018

Get your long johns ready, says 2019 Farmers' Almanac

Courtesy / Farmers' Almanac
Courtesy / Farmers' Almanac
The 2019 Farmers' Almanac, which is published in Lewiston, predicted today that the 2019 winter will be "teeth-chattering" and long.

About Farmers' Almanac

The Farmers' Almanac has been publishing its long-range weather predictions, along with practical gardening, household advice, astronomical data and other articles, every year since 1818. Its publisher, the Almanac Publishing Co. in Lewiston, prints several versions of the Farmers' Almanac each year, including a retail edition for both the U.S. and Canada, and a promotional edition of the Farmers' Almanac that businesses customize with their logo, company information, ads, etc. and distribute as a marketing tool. The Farmers' Almanac reaches a growing national audience of over 18 million adults via print and digital media — including 1.1 million followers on Facebook, 30,000 on Twitter, 67,000 on Instagram and 10,000 on Pinterest. The Farmers' Almanac has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including: "The Office," "M*A*S*H," "Dukes of Hazzard," "Cold Case" and "Father of the Bride," as well as on late-night television talk shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman" and in 2016, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

A sure sign that summer is winding down is the annual winter weather predictions of the Lewiston-based Farmers' Almanac, which has just released its 2019 forecast. "Teeth-chattering," "biting," and "stinging" cold are a few of the adjectives the Farmers' Almanac is using to describe the upcoming winter, and not only in northern areas.

"Contrary to some stories floating around on the internet, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing towards a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter," said Farmers' Almanac Editor Peter Geiger in a news release. "We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted most of the winter storms last year as well as this summer's steamy, hot conditions."

The 2019 Farmers' Almanac forecasts the coldest weather of this winter season to pour south from Canada and blow into the Northeast, New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Southeast during mid-February.

The Farmers' Almanac, which bases its long-range forecast on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818, warns of "significant snowfall for parts of its seven zones." Some of this snow may start early with snow predicted in New England and Mid-Atlantic regions during December 2018. Above-normal snowfall is predicted for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England. The Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country are also forecast to have an abundance of snow and wet/icy conditions this winter.

Long-lasting cold

Courtesy / Farmers' Almanac
Courtesy / Farmers' Almanac
The Lewiston-based Farmers' Almanac, published since 1818, put out this FAQs sheet with a wink-and-a-nod to 2018.

"According to the calendar spring 2019 starts on March 20, however, according to our outlook, winter conditions may delay spring for several weeks," said Managing Editor Sandi Duncan.

In particular, the Farmers' Almanac is "red-flagging" March 20-23 for a potent East Coast storm that could deliver "a wide variety of wintry precipitation just as we are making the transition into spring."

Spring, summer, fall predictions

The 2019 Farmers' Almanac, which features an orange-and-green cover, breaks the country into seven zones and provides weather forecasts in three-day intervals. Each edition includes weather summaries for all four seasons. The 2019 summer forecast calls for "near-normal temperatures for most areas, except for the Southwest states, which are predicted to be unusually hot."

For more information on how the Farmers' Almanac makes its long-range forecasts, as well as where and when the cold weather will start, go to www.FarmersAlmanac.com.

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