Almanac Predicts a Colder Winter

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For 231 years readers have turned the pages of the Old Farmer’s Almanac to get information on planting, recipes and the weather.

The almanac said they’re 80 accurate when it comes to predicting the forecast. This winter a cold snowy winter is expected for most of the Eastern half of the U.S. followed by a brief mild period before more cold settles in.

“We use solar science which is the study of the solar cycles and the sun spots on the surface of the sun, we use climatology which is the study of the activity of the sun through history going back decades and even centuries and we use meteorology which is the study of the atmosphere including things like the jet stream, the ocean temperatures and land temperatures,” said Editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac Janice Stillman.

Besides the weather the almanac acts as a calendar for when to plant, home remedies and livestock care.

“It’s a tradition. It’s simply something they really want to have in the house because as I mentioned before it is a calendar, so it’s a way to follow the astronomical cycles, whether it’s the length of days which is so important to folks right now as we come up on the shortest days of the year and go back into seeing the sun a little bit longer,” said Stillman.

Stillman said the almanac is meant to give a pleasant degree of humor with a little smile, while providing information for every day of the year.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.