Farmers’ Almanac Forecast: Brutally Cold Winter For 2020-21
Unlike the Old Farmers’ Almanac — which makes weather predictions through a combination of animal signals, chicken bones, pig spleens, and other weather lore — the Farmers’ Almanac bases its outlook on a “mathematical and astronomical formula” dating back to 1818, which takes sunspot activity and other astronomical anomalies into account, and is, therefore, in my opinion, far more reliable.
This annual periodical is predicting a “Grand Solar Minimum”-style winter for the United States and Canada this season.
Officially dubbed “Winter of the Great Divide,” the Farmers’ Almanac is anticipating a brutally cold winter for northern, central, and eastern regions, drought in the west, and everything crazy in between.
If you love the cold of winter, you’re going to love our forecast if you live in the northern half of the country, reads a passage from the Farmers’ Almanac website.
Our long-range forecast is calling for a cold winter with below-normal temperatures in areas from the Great Lakes and Midwest, westward through the Northern and Central Plains, and the Rockies.
Areas across the Desert Southwest, (Arizona and southern California), are predicted to experience a dry and generally mild winter.
While right along the Pacific Coastal Plain, from northern California and points north through western portions of Oregon and Washington, rainy and wet weather will be the rule for the winter ahead.
The setup is similar in Canada, with a “snow train” predicted to blast its way from west to east through the northern provinces:
In short, these patterns — those in both the US and Canada — line-up perfectly with the Grand Solar Minimums of the past which themselves follow the pattern of past Glacial Maximums (Ice Ages):
Northern, central, and eastern regions of North America find themselves buffeted by increasingly-intense polar cold during the onset of GSMs as the Arctic encroaches ever-further south, while lower-lying regions to the west are usually spared the worst of the freeze.
This pattern also ties-in with NASA’s Maunder Minimum Reconstruction Map (below), which clearly depicts a western-boundary of deeper blue running diagonally down the North American continent, from west to east–again sparing the west from the worst:
Also worth noting is that while Earth’s overall temperature trends colder during an Ice Age/Grand Solar Minimum, not ALL regions experience the chill.
As with the previous GSM (the Maunder Minimum, 1645-1715), areas like the Arctic, Alaska, and S. Greenland/N. Atlantic actually warm during bouts of otherwise “global” cooling — and this is exactly what we see developing today.
Is the Farmers Almanac 2020-21 preparing us for a bout of global cooling?
It certainly is calling for a brutally cold winter for northern, central, and eastern regions — with a blizzard forecast to deliver 2 feet of snow along the eastern seaboard in mid-February.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you “just never know,” reads the footnotes of the Almanac’s website.
Tellingly, and in addition to predicting the weather, the periodical includes useful advice on ways to raise chickens, boost your immunity, grow food, and also offers tips on how to live an all-round and more self-sufficient life — advice that completely contradicts what’s issued by the powers-that-be who desire total urbanization in order to render us all utterly-dependent on the state, for everything, like a fluffy mass of dutifully herded sheep.
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