(Mankato, MN) – Good news for those in Mankato and across southern Minnesota who are not fans of the bitter cold of winter.
The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac is out with its annual forecast and it says this winter in the Upper Midwest will be warmer than normal.
It’s also calling for less than average snowfall, although for far southern Minnesota and south into Iowa, the forecast calls for above normal snowfall and precipitation.
For those questioning the precision of the prediction, the Almanac says that last winter it was 78% accurate in forecasting the direction of change from normal in temperature and 83% accurate in precipitation.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac says its forecast is based on a “secret formula” that was devised by its founder Robert B. Thomas in 1792, which includes the study of sunspots and other solar activity.
For next summer, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says it’ll be hotter than normal in Mankato, with normal precipitation.
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