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Winter Outlook From 4 Farmers Almanacs Differ From NOAA For Cold and Snow

Winter Weather

November 3 2021

Winter began knocking on the door with the first freeze and frost of the season on the Mid Atlantic. This seemed like a perfect time to touch on the Farmer’s Almanac Winter Outlook compared to NOAA’s Winter Outlook.  There’s a catch, and yet some commonality:

There are 4 different national weather almanacs on display here, and even more exist. However, the majority seem to align in their disagreement with NOAA’s blanket mild call. There are not identical and does lend to the idea that if you don’t like what you read, keep searching and you will eventually find it.

Quick version: For Mid Atlantic:

Winter starting cold and hinting at snowy.

Three of the four ‘almanacs’ discussed here lean in that direction. The last one is similar to the NOAA outlook.


NOAA for Mid Atlantic:

Winter expected to trend warm and less snowy. This is heavily based on La Nina as I discussed in my report about reading the fine print. There was wiggle room for interpretation to still get snow storms. More on that at the bottom of this report.


Many Almanacs For or By Farmers

When you hear of the Farmer’s Almanac, which one do you think of? There are more than just these four shown here.




“The Farmer’s Almanac called it”. But which one?

I’ve heard that line almost every winter about a storm or big event. Some “Farmers Almanac” gets credit for getting it right, and someone will be sure to mention it.  Then I realized, you can search so many ‘almanacs’ and collectively they each may ‘get it’ at some time or another. 


The Old Farmer’s Almanac is labeled “The Original” and was founded in 1792

Farmers’ Almanac has been published since 1818

The Almanac For Farmers & City Folk

Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac has ties to the oldest publication in 1692 with The Original Harris’ Almanack.


Have you ever purchased or read any of these? What is fascinating is that these books published long before winter, and have similar names and easy to get confused with each other. 

For what it’s worth, two of these proudly claim they were first published well over 200 years ago. Harris’ is a regrouping of the original made in 1692.  Since they are still around, they must be doing something right.



All of these include lots of info about zodiac, astronomy tables, planting, gardening, and fishing tables.  Each also has unique articles about nature, science, and even cooking. The also contain a lot of interesting information about night sky, lunar cycles, and growing season tricks… Among other stuff. 

The Farmers’ Almanac has a very interesting article about Sun Spots and how it does play a role in their seasonal outlooks.

Here is a comparison and contrast. You will see they break their regions down differently and have different variations for winter. I will give a broad brush and then leave it up to you to credit each one and get your own copy (in most grocery stores) to explore more. 

Here are The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Farmer’s Almanac, Almanac For Farmer’s & City Folk, and Harris’ Farmers Almanac.  Again, these are the main national publications, but there are many other local booklets you can find in your supermarket check out lane.


The Old Farmer’s Almanac 

Since 1792

Map shows: Cold and Snowy

But we need to explore regional breakdown



Regional Breakdown

A closer inspection of the outlook is found with Corridors 2 and 3


Corridor 2- Mid Atlantic

Broad Outlook: 

Temperatures expected to be colder.

Precipitation expected to be more North and less South. But where is the dividing line?


Corridor 3 – Appalachians

Temperatures expected to be colder.

Precipitation expected to be lower, however

Snow will be near normal!


See more at


Farmer’s Almanac

Since 1818

“Typical Winter Chill”

“Stormy January, Tranquil February”

Ironically we historically have our biggest winter storms in February around President’s Week.



Exploring More

If you purchase this publication, our region is split into two zones…

Zone 1: Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania 

Zone 3: Virginia and West Virginia 

No broad bush summaries were given beyond the map. But you can see their expectation for groups of days each month.


See more at: Farmers



The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk



November- December 

Temperatures expected to be colder than normal. 

Precipitation expected to be “Dry”. 



Temperatures expected to be mild

Precipitation expected to be “wet”. Not clear about snow.



Temperatures expected to be colder.

Precipitation expected to be “dry”.


Weather Zones

15 – Virginia 

16 – Pennsylvania 

17 – Maryland and Delaware 


See more at The Almanac



Harris’ Farmers Almanac 

The oldest! First published in 1692


USA Regions

We are in region 9: This outlook resembles the warmer outlook that NOAA displayed.




Near normal 



Temperatures will be warmer

Precipitation will be near normal 



Temperatures warmer than normal 

Precipitation will be near normal



Temperatures and Precipitation near normal. 


Read More: There is no website for this publication. But you can not find a local store with this, you can get a copy at Outdoor Group Store


About that NOAA Outlook

This is heavily weighted by La Niña. Click here to see my full report 





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Also See The Winter Outlook Series:

Winter Folklore Checklist

NOAA Winter Outlook- But Read The Fine Print

Signals For Early Start To Winter In November

Winter Outlook Series: La Nina Double Dip

Nor’easters May Give Hint For Winter La Nina Pattern



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