Speak MY Piece: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Photo by Schnobby.

The weather folks are predicting a frost this weekend and I say, oh, no. I like the lingering summer garden and the last few roses of summer, as red as raspberries, and the eternally warm sun.

But I’m braced for the bad news from The Old Farmers’ Almanac, which recently declared, we on the East Coast, will shiver in the worst of winter cold and that freeze is predicted to begin east of the Rockies and stretch to the Appalachians.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Also, The Almanac warns of above normal precipitation, including heavy snow in some regions, while coastal regions are likely to see a wintry mix of rain sleet and snow, more often this winter.

Temperatures took a nose dive at week’s end, seemingly on target. November will be cold from the first to the third, especially in New England and down to the mid-Atlantic states predicted the age-old Almanac. Also, totally fall-like in our region, with clear skies from Nov. 4th to the 7th — then milder.

But, hang on. Look for a storm heading east between Nov. 8th and 11th with rain or light snow in some areas. Again on Nov. 24-27th storms will continue to hit the Atlantic Coast with winds and plenty of rain, according to “my sources.”

(Don’t be too concerned about these forecasts just remember it is November, headed toward December. Winter!)

Not being a farmer, I’ve followed the Farmers’ Almanac for years, not only for weather predictions…why not? It may not be 100 percent accurate, but neither are the smart people on television with their technology aids. Of course, the hits and misses can be shared, but there is nothing like TV weather reports to scare food right off the grocery store shelves, while the esteemed Farmers’ Almanac does no such thing.

Final word to the wise: Keep the winter gear handy, bundle up, and turn the clocks back this Sunday at 2 a.m. A reminder from The Old Farmers’ Almanac, circa 1792.