The book predicts northern Ohio will experience unusually warm temperatures, coupled with an unusually large amount of snow.
“For winter in that region, you can expect some warmer weather but also a lot of snow this year,” said Benjamin Kilbride, Almanac editorial assistant. “December through early February will see a lot of snow. People worry if there’s going to be a white Christmas. There should definitely be a white Christmas this year.”
Kilbride said temperatures are “looking a little warmer than normal” too, running around the mid-30s with warm, rainy weather.
“It’s perfect for snowmen and snowball fights if you like that kind of activity,” he said.
The warm theme will continue for the spring and summer months, Kilbride said, adding it should be a little dryer than normal.
“With a dryer spring, that could cause a stunt of growth for the crops in the beginning,” he said. “Usually you need cooler and wet weather to get it started. But as with anything, it’s extremely unpredictable.”
Though Kilbride said the Old Farmer’s Almanac keeps to its 80-percent-accuracy rate, “it’s all becoming more unpredictable than ever.”
“There are theories going around for why not just winters, but summers also are seeing the highest temperatures recorded,” he said, adding the most widely held theory is “climate change associated with human interaction.”
Kilbride said while solar studies shows temperatures should be “slightly cooler” than normal, the opposite is occurring.
“That’s why the climate change is such a big theory,” he said.
The premiere issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac was published in 1792 during George Washington’s first term as president. It has been published every year since.
The 2018 edition, which includes an update on farming in North America, is available for $6.99 at places where books and magazines are sold and at the general store on Almanac.com.