The editors at the Farmers’ Almanac have good and bad news for Californians. The good news? It’s going to be a mild winter. The bad? It’s going to be another dry one.
At least that’s what the almanac, prepared more than a year in advance, is forecasting. Meteorologist and other weather and climate experts scoff at the almanac’s use of sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon and other indicators, but almanac editors are undaunted, once again going against what the established weather forecasters are predicting.
The almanac is forecasting “mild, dry conditions” for California as well as Nevada, Utah and Arizona. While the meteorological world has indicated a possible “godzilla El Nino” this winter, almanac forecasters say California will get a repeat of last winter.
Last year’s almanac broke from tradition by qualifying it’s weather forecasts. Weather experts held out hope for an El Nino winter last year, which failed to materialize, and although the almanac forecast a dry winter it included a disclaimer that should an El Nino form, it would throw a curve ball in the long-range weather forecast
This year, almanac editors are not waffling.
“We will have to just wait and see what happens,” said almanac editor Peter Geiger. “In the meantime we stand by our long-range forecasts and hope that it doesn’t remain too dry in drought stricken areas.”
Among other predictions, the 2016 Farmers’ Almanac forecasts the eastern part of the country will have an unseasonably cold winter.
If the forecast proves correct, California gardeners and homeowners will once again be struggling with water restrictions as the state staggers through a fifth year of drought.