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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Winter forecasts
Both the Farmers Almanac and the Old Farmers Almanac are out .....but they have different predictions for the upcoming winter in the Smokies. The 228th. Edition of the Old Farmers Almanac has weather predictions and other interesting information. Assistant Editor Ben Kilbride tells the NewsSource that this winters weather in the Smokies will be warmer than average. "But there will be more rain and snow than normal, but there won't be alot more snow than normal. Snow can be expected in late November and again from mid January to the beginning of February," says Kilbride. The editor points out that in recent years his magazine has added climate change as a factor in predicting the weather. "The weather has become continuously more and more unpredictable with higher and lower temperatures. So we've included that in our formula for predicting the weather." The new Almanac includes a special report on farmers in the US and Canada about how they started farming and to learn about who today is growing our food these days. Other articles deal with gardening, nature, amusement and recipes. And still another deals with "training your dog, or rather, how they train us and how to control that, because you want to be sure they are teaching us the right techniques as well." But the competing 2020 Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a “Polar Coaster Winter,” with plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for a majority of the country. “Freezing, frigid, and frosty” are the exact terms the Almanac is using to describe the upcoming season, especially for areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachian Mountains and the Smokies. "We expect yet another wild ride this winter,” Managing Editor Sandy Duncan tells the NewsSource, “with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls.” The coldest outbreaks in late January are forecast to affect millions of people in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country including the Smokies, with colder-than-normal temperatures. The Farmers’ Almanac extended forecast forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain and sleet—especially along the coast.


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