Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Winter 2008: The Big Freeze

Yeah, I've had a suspicion this was coming up. This has to be the shortest Summer I've ever experienced. A few weeks ago it began to feel like Fall overnight. I had a horrible feeling about a monster Winter coming. Now it's been predicted:

Brrr! Farmers' Almanac says cold winter ahead
Households worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.

"Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80 to 85 percent for its forecasts that are prepared two years in advance.

The almanac's 2009 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder than average temperatures, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.

"This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," said almanac editor Peter Geiger, noting that the frigid forecast combined with high prices for heating fuel is sure to compound problems households will face in keeping warm.

Emphasis added by me.

However, there is disagreement:
The almanac's winter forecast is at odds with that of the National Weather Service, whose trends-based outlook calls for warmer than normal temperatures over much of the country, including Alaska, said Ed O'Lenic, chief of the operations branch at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

Emphasis added by me.

All I know is what I've been feeling out there.

Hell Winter is coming.


Look at that evil smile! Evil!!

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