looks like a deep winter chill this year for the Upper Valley and New England
in general, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, with a stormy January and
tranquil February, ending in a major storm or “winter whopper”.
Janice Stillman indicates that the winter could be “one of the longest and
coldest we’ve seen in years”. There will be notable month-to-month variations
but, overall, snowfall will come at a near-normal amount. “There will be snow,
but probably not as much as snow-sport enthusiasts might dream of,” the almanac
says. The region could also be in for other major storms besides February,
especially in the second week of January and the second week of March.
Farmers’ Almanac states that its method of obtaining weather information is
based on a mathematical and astronomical formula that includes sunspot
activity, tidal action, and planetary position. It has released its weather
predictions for more than 200 years and claims an 80-85% accuracy rate.