According to the Associated Press, the Farmers’ Almanac forecast for that first week in February will be like many in the past: cold and stormy. A storm is projected to hit the Northeast between Feb. 1 and 3.
Here’s what Managing Editor Sandi Duncan had to say about the forecast for this year’s big game:
“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold.”
The 197-year-old publication is the go-to source for those who like to look at the very long-range forecast. What this forecast tells us is that it surely would be “Packers weather.” If it holds true and the weather is nasty, it might also not bode so well for future Super Bowls being scheduled in other “cold weather” cities such as Chicago, Denver, or New England, to name a few without a stadium called Lambeau Field.
Incidentally, it seems the almanac is pretty accurate overall. Here is a passage from the story produced by the AP:
Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.
Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. It started just the opposite but ended up that way.
Caleb Weatherbee, the publication’s elusive prognosticator, said he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season’s biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring’s arrival that buried parts of New England.
Duncan continued: “It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the Storm Bowl.”
For Packers fans, it may be just the right forecast.