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Days of Shivery to return, Farmers Almanac says

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For 2013–2014, the Farmers Almanac is “using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” says Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

The frigid forecast:

  • Call it the Snow Bowl: “On Feb. 2, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands—the very first time a Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a cold weather environment.”  Within a day or two of the game, the almanac predicts “copious wind, rain, and snow.”
  • It’s not just the game, it’s February: Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, the almanac is “red-flagging” the first ten days of the month for “particularly volatile and especially turbulent” winter weather.
  • Below normal temps: for about two-thirds of the nation. Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes will be the coldest, the almanac says.
  • Lots of white stuff: A combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow.

What is the almanac’s secret formula for predictions? It bases them on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, a method largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.

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