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Old Farmer's Almanac Releases Winter Forecast Prediction

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    The Old Farmer's Almanac has released its prediction for winter in the Northeast and the Atlantic Corridor.

    The Almanac divides the country into 15 regions and makes weather predictions for each region. Connecticut is covered by both the Northeast region and Atlantic Corridor

    Is it good news for snow lovers? It doesn't look that way.

    In the Northeast, which includes Litchfield County, the Old Farmer's Almanac says it will be milder than normal this winter with near-to-below average snowfall. The snowiest periods will be from mid-November to late-December, the prediction says.

    For the Atlantic Corridor, we can expect temperatures well above normal this winter with above-normal precipitation, but below-normal snowfall, according to the Almanac. The snowiest periods for this area, which includes the other seven counties in Connecticut, will be in mid-January through early February.

    The Almanac reaches its forecast conclusions "...from a secret formula that was devised by the founder of this Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, in 1792," the publication states. It goes on to say they also use state-of-the-art technology, and apply solar science, climatology, and meteorology to their calculations.

    NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan says modern forecasting models are much more reliable and that while the Farmers' Almanac is fun to look at, its predictions are not based on science.

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