‘New’ Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter 2020 Predictions For Wisconsin

The Old Farmer's Almanac and the Farmers' Almanac might have almost identical names, but their long-range forecasts differ drastically.

Is Wisconsin going to be "frigid and snowy" or a "parade of snowstorms?" (Scott Anderson, Patch Staff )

MILWAUKEE, WI — With the summer months now behind us, thoughts are turning to winter across the United States. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which is not to be confused with its rival forecast predictor, Farmer’s Almanac, recently released its prediction for 2020.

Wisconsin is divided into three parts: the northern two-thirds of the state will see “a parade of snowstorms,” the southeastern part of the state will be “mild, with soakers,” and a tiny section of the state around Platteville in the southwest will be “snowy, icy and icky “– that is if you trust the forecasting abilities at The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

It’s a prediction that bears similarity to the forecast from the 2019-20 Farmers’ Almanac: Western Wisconsin will be “frigid and snowy,” while the eastern half will be “frozen and snowy.” What that means exactly is anybody’s guess.

The two meteorological publishers have polar opposite predictions in some regions across the country. Followers of the Old Farmer’s Almanac in the Northeast are bracing for a “Wet & Wild” winter 2019-20, whereas devotees of the Farmers’ Almanac are preparing for a “Frosty, Wet & White” winter season.

In some parts of the U.S. frigid, frosty, and icky conditionitions will last into the spring. “This could feel like the never-ending winter, particularly in the Midwest and east to the Ohio Valley and Appalachians,” said Almanac editor, Janice Stillman.

A collection of states will escape the long winter though, as Florida, the Gulf Coast, and Texas will have mostly pleasant weather for the entirety of the season.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the 2020 winter in the U.S. will be remembered for storms that bring an unrelenting amount of rain, sleet and snow — including seven “big snowstorms” across the country.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, according to their website. The organization is based in New Hampshire, and their mission statement remains:

“Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor.”


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