The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.



  1. Tim says:

    Sunspots and (indirectly) tidal action probably has much to do with the overall climate. With sunspots, it can be any number of things from increase/decrease solar output to variable mitigation of cosmic rays and their effect on cloud cover/precipitation.

    Farmer’s Almanac may have stumbled onto Milankovitch cycles since they include tide data. Earth does kind of stagger around like a drunkard and there are also times when we are closer or farther from the sun during a given season due to elliptical eccentricity of orbit —

    “”Currently the Earth is tilted at 23.44 degrees from its orbital plane, roughly halfway between its extreme values. The tilt is in the decreasing phase of its cycle, and will reach its minimum value around the year 11,800 CE ; the last maximum was reached in 8,700 BCE. This trend in forcing, by itself, tends to make winters warmer and summers colder (i.e. milder seasons), as well as cause an overall cooling trend…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch_cycles#Axial_tilt_.28obliquity.29

    • Captain Obvious says:

      The Milankovitch Cycle is 20,000 years long, or 40,000 depending on your point of view. So exactly does it affect seasonal variations?

      Obviously it’s affecting my ability to nail that tricky 7-10 split with those wild fluctuations in earth’s axis.

  2. bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

    I think I read a year ago now that the climate should be cooling absent the carbon pollution from man. I may have that wrong as it could have been a blog comment and not “real science.”

    “How do you know what you know and how do you change your mind?” /// AGW is an excellent subject to check yourself on. If you don’t accept AGW…. you are just an anti-Science denying dumb shit.

    Pedro?==check.

    • Tim says:

      Well, you might try Tim’s Ten Minute Mind Change {accredited} — Slip brains through slot in door after 5:00 pm.

    • dusanmal says:

      No. Carbon influence on temperature in Earth’s atmosphere is weaker at least order of magnitude (and most likely two orders of magnitude) than the dominating factor: efficiency of energy->temperature conversion as a function of a number of high (vs. low) energy particles that hit us. Experimental proof 2001 CERN study (famous for a ban on interpretation of numbers, the historical scientific shame of the human kind… Not the numbers, ban on deriving obvious conclusions from them). Main “temperature controller” in Earth’s atmosphere is water vapor.
      Your interpretation most likely stems from the fact that we are still in 10% of coldest years in last 10000 years. But that is WITH human and non-human carbon emissions. And that is the REAL current climate. Yes, our recent ancestors (few hundred years back) were much colder and there were glaciers and ice… We are warmer than them. But a) we are still way below 10000 year average and b) Rise in temperature completely correlates to amount of high energy particles hitting us, not at all with carbon emissions (for latter see continuous rise in carbon emissions since early 2000’s and (un)related DROP of the global temperature – as Sun produced less spots and hence less high energy particles hit us).

      • dusanmal says:

        Typo 2011 CERN not 2001…

      • bobbo, make Reality your friend. It only hurts the first few times. Something masochistic there, unwrapping one's self from the comfortable illusions of Dogma says:

        When the IPCC, the best science on the issue we have, changes its mind, I will too. Actually, given I have nothing psychological invested in this issue, I’d probably change my mind before the IPCC as major chunks of climate evidence fell away from the AGW model.

        I understand in general the solar radiation energy concept but seems to me there is controversy on its effect and how or whether it was/is/will be modeled accurately.

        Meanwhile, sea levels continue to rise:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_sea_level_rise

  3. Hyph3n says:

    The Farmer’s Almanac? Really? With this is your “proof” I think the anti-climate change people are losing the argument.

  4. noname says:

    Not surprising or controversial, NJ is becoming known for its extreme weather!

    You really shouldn’t trust the Government or Scientist; as what do they really know?

    As true Americans, we know only the market knows! Only money and power speaks truth!

    If you want to argue about global warming, argue with your insurance company!

  5. Cap'n Kangaroo says:

    The Farmer’s Almanac? Really?

    I’ll put my money down with the North Carolina wooly worm prediction every time.

  6. bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

    Constant ignorant confusion over the basic terms of the issue:

    Weather–what happens day to day, next week in your locality. “Long Term Forecasts” go out 1-2-3 years.

    Climate–what is happening over 100’s of years over the entire Globe.

    Can you spot the difference?….. aka…. The prediction of the OP may or may not be entirely correct….. but it is about the weather, NOT CLIMATE. Same error when sticking your head in the freezer: Neither the weather nor the climate is getting colder. Can you spot the difference????

    Stoopid Hoomans.

    • Tim says:

      Dampness — is it getting more warm and humid in here or did I just shit myself again??

      Incidentally, I checked out the Cage Match forum — more ‘in depth’ but that comment format really does suck. Not as bad as freerepublic asshat suck but it’s just kindof ugly. I read through ‘long time passing’ and saw not a single link to the PPM song so I thought I would point sensation-starved and willing clones to where they may feel the blessed oneoffness of blood coming out of their ears —
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=sKvdPsnkPC0

    • MikeN says:

      bobbo, the Occupy Wall Street supporter who seeks to evict 99%ers from their home says:

      Constant ignorant confusion over the basic terms of the issue:

      Weather–what happens day to day, next week in your locality. “Long Term Forecasts” go out 1-2-3 years.

      Climate–what is happening over 100′s of years over the entire Globe.

      According to climate scientists, in this paper that was highly touted a few years ago,
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011JD016263/abstract
      you need 17 years to spot a global warming trend. Currently RSS shows no statistically significant warming trend since 1990, and a negative trend since 1997. Gistemp and other non-satellite datasets show no trend since 1995, and a negative trend still statistically insignificant since 2003.

      At some point, scientists have to walk away from their extreme warming predictions, and tone it down.

      http://skepticalscience.com/trend.php

  7. John Andrews says:

    I have heard that the Farmers Almanac is pretty good at the annual long term forecasts. As I recall, the person who estimated the weather for D-Day was from FA. Best to be prepared.

  8. orchidcup says:

    This is very cool.

  9. msbpodcast says:

    You can say whatever you like and blame whoever you want, but the glaciers are still vanishing and the sea levels are still rising. (There’s money to be made owning the land above the tide line.)

    Are you still going to deny and refuse to relocate to somewhere safe? Then you and your kids are going to drown and die in your swell low-lying beach front properties.

    I personally don’t care. I’m too old for it to really affect me.

    I’m too high up on some cliffs and too far from the shore to need to worry about floods caused by an Atlantic tsunami caused by eruption of the Las Palma volcano, never mind the loss of the Greenland, European, Patagonian or even Antarctic ice caps to climate change.

    I just figured it was better to be safe than sorry, ’cause sorry just ain’t going to cut it when you’re trying to explain it to your kids that your heritage is some swamp or some salt estuary bottom.

  10. MikeN says:

    Bad news for those green groups who wanted to publicize global warming by sailing the Northwest Passage. They got stuck in the ice!

  11. sargasso_c says:

    Chaotic pendulum model?

  12. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    I have seen the light! It’s all true. The only way to save ourselves is for most of us to commit suicide. The rest must live naked, eating nothing but dirt, twigs and our own poop.

    Man is evil and ravages poor mother Earth.

  13. bobbo, make Reality your friend. It only hurts the first few times. Something masochistic there, unwrapping one's self from the comfortable illusions of Dogma says:

    The tv just asked me: “How many times does it flood Venice–ie–has 3-4 inches of water over the marble of St Marks Square?” /// Venice being one of my favorite vacation spots that I have visited about 5 times, and knowing they have put in those fancy flood gates, I guessed 3-4 times per year.

    Turns out it is 115 days per year.

    ….. and the Maldives have vacated 20 inhabited islands.

    ….. and NYC got flooded not with a hurricane surge, but with a simple tropical storm.

    Yea Verily…………………………………… just LOOK!!!


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