Winter weather predictions: science or faith?

It's that time of year again. The Old Farmer's Almanac has released its 2016 edition, with all the associated predictions of snowfall for the upcoming winter. Online ski media has of course begun to jump on the bandwagon with click bait article titles touting – around six months in advance - how great a winter we can expect. And they're saying this could be a pretty darn good year for snow. If you're not familiar with the Old Farmer's Almanac, it's believed to be America's longest running publication providing farmers with helpful planting charts for their crops since 1792 through a secret formula of solar science, climatology and meteorology, securely housed in a black box in Dublin, New Hampshire. The periodical has amassed a significant following in North America not so much from its weather prediction, but from its witty and humorous writing style, as well as inclusions of light-hearted content such as recipes and garden guides.

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