The Old Farmer’s Almanac got it right. It predicted snow for the south during the first week of January. For the record, the 226 year old publication said that we would see snow, followed by sun and cold between January 1st through the 9th of this year.
Yep. That’s exactly what we got, too.
Next, as if once wasn’t enough, the Almanac says the snow could return to the south any time from February 1st through the 5th.
I think we’ll pass. One snow event in Beaufort for the year is enough.
Or perhaps it’s not?
The almanac uses a secret forecasting formula it says is 80 percent accurate and has been in use since 1792 remaining one of the oldest and one of the most popular reference guides in the United States.
The 2018 almanac warned that winter will be much colder than last year’s and lots of snow this winter. It predicted the South will have a mild but cooler winter with above normal precipitation.
Despite a self-proclaimed success rate of 80% most meteorologists question the almanac’s predictions and the validity of its methods.
The Almanac’s secret forecasting formula, locked in a black box somewhere in New Hampshire, was devised by the founder, Robert B. Thomas, who believed the weather was influenced by the magnetic storms on the surface of the sun, or sunspots.
Although originally created for recording and predicting astronomical events, today the Old Farmer’s Almanac does more than predict weather patterns. Readers can also learn about gardening, recipes, the best days to fish, among other helpful tips.
When it comes to our Beaufort weather, it was right at least once.
Who’s to say it won’t be right again?
You can check it out yourself at https://www.almanac.com/