Two reputable weather services are telling us here in the northeast to learn to ski and to buy a snowblower if you don't already have one.

You have to respect the Farmer's Almanac's tenacity. They claim to have a secret formula when it comes to predicting long range forecasts. How accurate are they? It depends on who you ask. Almanac followers will tell you that their forecast predictions are 80 to 85% correct. Professional meteorologists vehemently disagree by saying the Almanac's prognostications are below 50%.

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Connecticut and the entire northeast should expect a cold and snowy winter. From Maryland to Maine there will be snowier-than-normal conditions. If the Farmer's Almanac is correct, Connecticut could be in for up to 50 inches of snow this winter.

The weather service, Accuweather is pretty much echoing the same predictions as the Almanac. With that said, I Googled the question, "How accurate is the Farmer's Almanac in predicting a long range weather forecast" I found my answer on the Penn State University website from meteorologist Paul Knight:

The ability to predict events that far in advance is zero. There's no proven skill, there's no technique agreed upon in science to be able to do that.

This just might be the year when I purchase my first snow blower! Can't wait!

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