POLL: Farmer's Almanac Says Slushy Winter; What Do You Say?

Almanac predicts biggest storms at end of January, and mid-February.

The Farmer’s Almanac has weighed in on what’s in store for us this winter. With temperatures near or above normal, it is predicting many snow and rain mixes.

But what do they know? Your guess may be as good as theirs. So tell us: Do you think this winter will bring as much snow as last year?

Kasey Hariman October 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM
It seems like it wasn't as cold this time last year as it is this year. I think we're in for a cold one, though I am not excited about the re-plastic-wrapping of my windows this will require. Has anyone else started winterizing their houses yet?
Amanda Kersey October 28, 2011 at 01:40 PM
I'll leave it up to the almanac to give an informed opinion about how much snow might fall around Boston; however, I hope it's not extreme, because I would like to ride my bicycle as much as possible. Anyone have any tips for special gear to have for winter riding?
Athena October 28, 2011 at 02:09 PM
All i know is that after last winter, I am buying a snow suit for when I have to shovel....
Mark Ouellette (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Hi Athena, Thanks for the comment. I, too, think I'll have to "snow suit up!" this winter if we get hit with as much snow as last year. Mark Ouellette Editor, Stoneham Patch
Joseph October 28, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I'd recommend buying metal studded tires. Black ice always wins.
Amy Kreydin October 28, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I think we got lucky with a long, and warm, Indian Summer. What's that saying about warm October means a cold February? Guess we'll all wait and see. Stock up on tea and cocoa! :-)
Jonathan Pickering October 28, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Is it me, or is the first snow like this always too soon? Please tell me it's too soon. =)
Cate Lecuyer October 28, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I can't remember it ever snowing before Halloween. I usually wait until Thanksgiving to put my snow tires on, but I just did it yesterday.
Matt M. Casey October 28, 2011 at 08:08 PM
We got a really early snow last year. It was the beginning of October, but it didn't amount to anything. Just a dusting. Two years ago is snowed during the Head of the Charles. It came down heavy, but nothing stuck.
Jenny October 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM
The Indian summer made up for the meh summer. We had one hot week this summer, then August got cool. I think the Almanac says the same thing every, near or above normal temps and snow. I can say that. I heard that early snow meant milder winter. Snow/rain mix is bad...that means 'followed by ice.' I'd rather have snow. I actually remember the snow we got in Oct. 1979. For the record: I hate snow.
Jenny October 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Oh, and the link to the Farmer's Almanac: Don't we refer to the "Old" one and not this almanac?
Kasey Hariman November 01, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I think if it were a paper copy, we might refer to the old one, since they are published ahead of time, but the online version linked to in this article refers to the upcoming winter. I heard once that one of the factors they use to determine the length of the winter is the relative thickness of fuzzy caterpillars in the season before that. It's factors like that that totally endear me to The Almanac.
Ron Newman November 01, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Farmer's Almanac and Old Farmer's Almanac are two competing publications.
Athena November 01, 2011 at 10:59 PM
When I moved back up here in 2007, I planned my move around what the almanac said. Sure as you know what, it snowed the day after I arrived ... Just sayin'!
Kasey Hariman November 03, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Thanks for the clarity, Ron! There are two, and I had no idea. One is http://www.almanac.com/, and the other is http://www.farmersalmanac.com/, if anyone is interested in comparing.
Roxanne November 03, 2011 at 10:44 PM
God only knows.. Weathermen can do their best to predict, but God determines the outcome....
Jay Boyer November 04, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Screw it.. If we get that much snow. I'm grabbing someone and moving to Hawaii.
salazar norma January 06, 2012 at 01:11 AM
More snow this year. Not as cold.


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