(UPDATE: I was confused…this is the FARMERS ALMANAC, not the OLD FARMERS ALMANAC) I like to post this once a year…for entertainment value only…
The forecast itself is utterly worthless; several studies have shown that. I did my own on 3 winter forecasts from the late 1990s to 2000. Temperature forecast for our area was about 50% correct and precipitation was 33%. You’d be better off guessing. Of course every once in awhile one of the forecasts will be correct, and someone will remember that for the rest of their life, telling me “it nailed the winter of 2009!!!”.
Here’s an interesting look at its accuracy from Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services: http://ggweather.com/farmers/2007/index.htm
I really like how they claim to have some centuries old secret forecasting method…don’t you think they’d be rich by now and doing something other than publishing a paper almanac if that was the case?
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen