Brace for frigid, snowy winter: Old Farmer's Almanac With Tips

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For our friends in the north, this one is for you! Are you ready for winter? Have you prepared? Well, you better get started! Check below for some simple tips for everyday winter preparedness and what the Farmer's Almanac has predicted.

Dust off your parka and unpack your boots: according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Canada is in for a cold, snowy winter.

“The winter is looking pretty crazy,” Almanac spokesperson Jack Burnett told CTV News Channel on Tuesday. “It looks as though it’s going to be colder and snowier from coast to coast to coast.”

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, is celebrating its 225th birthday this year and its 35th anniversary in Canada.

“[We] had some narrow escapes in keeping our continuity going,” Burnett said. “[During] World War 2, a couple of German spies were apprehended… on Long Island with Almanacs. The War Department wanted to shut us down because they were using our information. So, we managed to talk our way out of that one.”

First published in 1792, this year’s edition includes reproduced pages of the first issue, interviews with authors Jodi Picoult and Dan Brown, tips for wooing on the web, an article on how to train your dog to wash your car, and a piece on how a fish head and two aspirin can help in a drought.

But if you’re picking up the Old Farmer’s Almanac, you’re probably interested in its weather predictions -- and this year’s forecast is shiver-inducing. 


According to the Almanac, most of Canada can expect a snowy winter with below-average temperatures followed by an unseasonably cool summer. The prairies and much of northern Canada will be spared the winter snow, but will remain frigid. British Columbia, Newfoundland and P.E.I., however, will be blessed with warm summers.

Unhappy with the forecast? Well, you better suck it up -- and cover up. Historically speaking, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been roughly 80 per cent accurate. 

“How do we do it?” Burnett asked. “We take the three things that the founder of the Old Farmer’s Almanac used, which were long-term weather trends in an area, more localized things, and finally sunspots and solar radiation.”

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