Although many modern meteorologists and weather experts dismiss the predictions in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the book published annually since 1792 is rarely far off track. It relies in part on historical data as well as sunspot activity.
“[Founder Robert B.] Thomas believed that weather on Earth was influenced by sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun,” the book says. “Over the years, we have refined and enhanced that formula with state-of-the-art technology and modern scientific calculations.”
Generations of Americans have found the long-range weather predictions to be both invaluable from a planting perspective – and astonishingly accurate.
“Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” Old Farmer’s Almanac editor told the Associated Press.
The forecast for winter 2015-16 calls for much of the Pacific Northwest, Plains, Midwest and Northeast states to be cold and snowy. Much of the South also is forecasted to have lots of snow. (For details, see the map.) It also has some surprises. Chicago, for example, is forecasted to be cold and dry.
The United States power grid fails more frequently than any other electrical grid system in the developed world, and extreme seasonal weather fluctuations are among the top causes of power outages in America. The demand on the grid has grown 10-fold during the past three decades – while expansion and repairs to the system have languished.
One Person’s Preparation Story
After we lived through a week in 104 degree weather this summer, my family re-evaluated our preps and decided that a traditional gas-powered generator just was not going to provide the safety and security we wanted for our family during a disaster.
Once we put away the chainsaws and cleared all of the debris from our yard after an intense summer storm, we started researching the pros and cons of various types of generators. Being firm believers in the preparedness adage, “One is none and two is one,” we bought two distinctly different styles of generators to better protect our family during a power-grid-down disaster.
The first massively sized generator runs on gas, propane and diesel. Making your own bio-diesel is surprisingly easy.
The second generator is equally powerful, but far more lightweight. It is a solar generator. We even got one for each of our elderly parents.
Although we have found the solar generator strong enough to operate typical survival equipment, power tools, and basically anything we use the fuel-powered generator for, it is capable of accepting an add-on battery pods to garner even more power for emergency or off-grid-living daily use.
So when Old Man Winter blows our way this year, we’ll be ready.
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