Farmers’ Almanac: Chicago Will Get Slammed This Winter

CHICAGO (CBS) — We’ve been hearing that Chicago could be headed for a terrible winter.  Now, the Farmers’ Almanac is joining the chorus with some grim predictions.

CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros takes a look at how the almanac comes up with its forecast.

It’s always a battle royale of winter weather predictions.

Here’s what the Farmers’ Almanac says.

“It’s going to be a kind of dicey winter,” editor Phil Geiger says.

But Jim Allsopp of the National Weather Service says that’s not a certainty.

“The thing is, it’s very difficult to predict,” he says.

The unpredictability is partly because of La Nina. It could bring cooler temps in the Pacific and lead to a harsher winter in Chicago.

The Farmers’ Almanac forecast is based on a ‘top secret’ formula created by their original editor almost 200 years ago.

“He developed a mathematical formula which he applied to sunspot activity, planet positions, the effect that the moon has on the earth,” Geiger says.

The farmer’s almanac does claim and 80 percent to 85 percent accuracy rate, and they insist Chicago better get ready.

“It’s gonna start in December, and it’s just gonna keep going through the month of March,” Geiger says.

But Allsopp, of the NWS, says there’s “nothing that I can see that would indicate that Chicago would be necessarily any worse than any place else.”

Still, it only takes one big blizzard to make it a really bad winter.

Average snowfall for Chicago is 38 inches. For the last four years, we’ve had over 50.

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  • Tommy

    People say that Chicago seasons keep people young. Maybe, but all I can think of is getting out of here for Winter!

    Funny again, I have a chat mate in the Philippines and all she says is to get her out of the 110F+ temps there and she wants to come here to the more “moderate” weather of Chicago…hahaha, and I try to tell her what Winter is like in Chicago and then last Winter. OMG! Terrible. Words cannot describe the initial storm, and the following total paralyzation of an entire city of millions of people for a week and similar storms hit the East Coast too. I have to bring her here just to let her see it for herself.

  • steven

    I hope your she friend does not turn out to be a guy ( LOL )

  • Vicky Kujawa

    Chicago has horrendous weather in the Winter… don’t say! MORONS.

  • Fletchguy

    Ahh no big deal life long Chicago area residents dont get bothered by chicagos cold winters and snow. Its just another day. I hope we get some record snow amounts I love winter its those horrible hot and humid days that get us..Bring it on Im ready.

  • Hey How Ya Doin Chicaaaago

    Snow starts in December, complaining started yesterday. I shovel the spot, I place the lawn chair, stay out of my spot, I remove the lawn chair in April, you got a problem with that???. See you at the beach in July.

  • bill burns

    That will keep the coloreds off the streets.

    • Tired of Morons Who Post Irrelevant Comments

      But apparently not the idiots!

  • frank42

    Did anyone check out the Almanac’s prediction for last year before they submitted the article?

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