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Farmers Almanac Offers Frigid 2010 Forecast

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

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Sandi Duncan, Philom. Managing Editor 2010 Farmers Almanac

Hank Will on the farm.Just when I was hoping for a mild fall and an easy, down-on-the-farm winter, the hot off the press 2010 Farmers’ Almanac shows up on my desk, heralding frigid winter weather for my part of the world. In  2010 Farmers’ Almanac Managing Editor Sandi Duncan’s words, we should expect an “ice cold sandwich” when winter finally settles in. I wonder just when it will settle in, down here in Kansas. Judging by this week’s highs, I think it might be sooner, rather than later.

 “With the economy still shaky, and people keeping an eye on their spending,” reports Peter Geiger, Philom., 2010 Farmers’ Almanac Editor, “the winter weather outlook is more important than ever. Many folks are looking to the most respected sources for long-range weather outlook–the Farmers’ Almanac–so they can prepare for whatever Mother Nature may send their way.”

Last year, the 2009 Farmers’ Almanac predicted an exceptionally long, cold winter for most regions. As promised, bitter cold and heavy snow punished much of the nation, coming on early in the season and lingering through the start of spring. When spring finally did arrive, it came bearing heavy rains, with twice the annual average falling in many regions. 2010 Farmers Almanac Winter Map

The 2010 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac warns that this winter’s frigid forecast offers no respite, especially for states in the center of the country. “Very cold and bitterly cold” is how the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac describes the winter in the Great Lakes, Plains, and South Central states, while temperatures on the East and West Coasts will be more in line with average to normal winter conditions. For residents of the East Coast, who bore most of the brunt of last winter’s fury, this may be good news.

While nearly three-quarters of the country is expected to experience near or below average precipitation this winter, significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Residents of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states can expect some a major snowfall in mid-February, with possible blizzard conditions in New England.2010 Farmers Almanac Cover Image

“People on the coasts shouldn’t think they’re off the hook just because we’re predicting milder winter weather for them. Shovelry is most certainly not dead,” Geiger says.   

The 2010 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac offers more than just the publication’s famous long-range weather forecasts, though. It also contains invaluable tips on how to save money and energy, plus practical ways to live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. The 2010 Farmers’ Almanac is filled with more thrifty and smart living advice than ever before, with articles on the economics of going green, the dirt on fighting germs naturally, tips on reusing household items, and reducing our dependency on convenience items.

There are also dozens of pages of practical home and garden advice, including proven tips on stretching your meal budget, easy instructions for canning fresh fruits and vegetables for the winter, a list of the top five easiest vegetables to grow, a list of steps to take now for a better garden next spring, as well as the Farmers’ Almanac’s beloved calendar of Best Days to quit smoking, find a new job and more, the exclusive Gardening by the Moon Calendar, and valuable outdoor advice, including average frost and peak foliage dates, and tips for safe hunting and fishing.

Weather is the most talked about subject on earth, which makes the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions a hot topic. Fans of the Almanac say its famous long-range forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. The predictions are based on mathematical and astronomical formula that dates back to 1818, and each new edition contains 16 months of weather forecasts for the contiguous United States.

The 2010 Farmers’ Almanac retails for $5.99 in stores everywhere and online. I keep copies of the Farmers’ Almanac handy … both at work and on the farm. I consult its pages for everything from when to plant my potatoes to the best days to go fishing. If you don’t yet have your copy of the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac, you quite simply aren’t prepared.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

sendy perkins
12/13/2010 10:05:26 AM

have a question , i would like to know if they are calling for snow and appoximatly what day they are calling for it.. looking at 12 3/4" .. this is how we are setting are day to be married.. i told the guy if and when it snows 12 3/4" that would be the day we would run off and get married

8/29/2010 10:34:29 AM

I have been telling anyone who would listen for at least 7 years now, how much the weather in my area is changing. Much cooler, much much wetter shorter summers and longer winters. And the plant and especially animal life is changing too! Where are all our butterflies?

2/26/2010 8:25:03 AM

OMG! I actually checked the date to be sure, but FA did it again. Looking back on the three feet of snow that lived at my house this year for about 2 weeks, and the 8-12 inches we are expected to get today, how right they are! Now did they predict the snowball fights and skiing in D.C.? I'm not sure any of us saw that one coming.

hank will_2
2/9/2010 7:52:48 AM

I hear you D'JanisR. The ground at the farm is frozen solid on top again this morning. We cleaned out the chicken house on Sunday and spread the litter on the garden. Doesn't look like I'll be able to work it in any time soon. This is the longest coolest winter I have experienced in a long time. Hank

2/9/2010 7:51:15 AM

Looks like I'll have to wait another month to plant my bell peppers.... dad gum snow down here in the Gulf of Mexico!

12/26/2009 9:22:01 PM

Yep I believe the ol almanac is right, we are now buried under a nasty snow storm. YUCK

trish kobylarz_1
10/30/2009 10:16:12 PM

I live in the northwest region of Mississippi and since late August, Sept and October I've never seen so much rain and when it's not raining there are clouds, clouds and more clouds in the sky. Most days they have been dark and low hanging and some days they are huge, white fluffy things...... 51 years old and I have no memory of ever seeing such crazy weather patterns in my life time.... I too hope that we may see more than a dusting of snow....let it snow big!!!

dennis miller
10/22/2009 12:27:35 PM

I use the "Old Farmer's Almanac" that details each day of the year. Started in 1792 by Robert Thomas. With a little experience, a person can successfully predict a nice, non-rainy weekend next July. Or, pick a week well in advance to bale hay - in order to plan around that huge family reunion your wife keeps reminding you of... Last year, the Old Farmer's Almanac predicted 2 long cold spells for my region and they were dead on target. This year they are predicting 5 cold periods! (for those of us who heat our houses with wood, keep cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking!) Not sure how many "farmer's almanacs" there are but there's a bunch. I haven't see any that take in consideration carbon gases (whether emitted by my 1946 Farmall M or from a volcano that Mother Nature decides to pop) as an influence on weather patterns. They use the 30 year warming/cooling cycles of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the sub-cycles: El Nino and La nina, and solar activity such as sun spot and solar winds. No carbon, or other so-called greenhouse gases.

larry j.
9/16/2009 8:21:34 PM

Here in Northwest Arkansas we haven't had a 'bad' winter in 10 years or so. Very little snow and mild temps. We did have a very bad ice storm last winter but overall the winter wasn't bad at all. This summer has been the coolest I can remember especially in July and August. I hope we do get some snow this year. PLEASE no more ice!

janet faye
9/12/2009 5:49:12 AM

How many different versions of 'Farmer's Almanac' are sold? Here in Kentucky (I'm a Kansas transplant) they stock the "Harris' Farmer's Almanac" version. I became aware of the difference due to the covers (the web example and mine) not being the same. On the version I use the tag line says: "inspired by the original Harris' Almanack first published in 1692, in the same tradition as Ben Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanack" I understand the implications of 'inspired by' and 'same tradition as' and am now wondering if the long-range weather forecast sections are possibly identical and compiled by Edward W. Pearl, Meteorologist. Any one willing to help solve this quandary? Thanks in advance, Jan

9/11/2009 10:04:22 AM

This summer was cooler than usual. Ten to fifteen years ago summers here in Ohio were MUCH hotter. It certainl doesn't sound like global warming. The scientists who say we're in a cooling trend seem to be right.

9/4/2009 10:53:44 AM

Hank - I had wished for a tractor this past winter. Cindy - I fully agree, if it is going to be cold we may as well have the snow to go with it. At least you can ski and showshoe that way.

cindy murphy
9/3/2009 5:53:36 PM

Argh! I'll trade my "bitterly cold and dry" for your "very cold and snowy". If it's gonna be cold, I want snow, (and lots of it). I can do without anything bitter.

hank will_2
9/3/2009 8:46:58 AM

Larry -- I am really glad I didn't sell the snow bucket for the tractor ... it hasn't gotten any use the past couple of winters. I already stockpiled some hay in addition to the 30 acres of winter grazing stockpile just in case the snow sticks here in east central Kansas.

9/3/2009 8:42:44 AM

Time to get the snowblower ready for a busy winter!