According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Saskatchewan is in for a cold winter.
Peter Geiger, editor of the almanac, joined the Greg Morgan Morning Show to talk about the outlook for this winter.
The almanac is calling for “teeth chattering cold on the prairies,” according to Geiger. He said we should also see an average amount of snowfall, seeing around 100 centimetres or three feet.
There are some storms forecasted to come through the province. One from Dec 8 to 11, then again from Dec 24 to 27.
Geiger said the Christmas storm should bring around 30 centimetres of snow.
Saskatchewan is also set to see another storm in early January.
The Farmer’s Almanac
Both Environment Canada and the Farmer’s Almanac use scientific models to create their weather predictions.
Environment Canada uses things like history, weather models and charts to make predictions.
“(The almanac) is done based upon sunspot activity, planet position, the effect the moon has on the earth … this formula was developed in the early 1800’s,” Geiger explained.
The formula began in New Jersey in 1818 and slowly spread across the United States and then into Canada.
The formula was expanded on and added to just seven times, according to Geiger.
“It’s based upon some mathematics and some astronomy and we do it two years in advance. Sometimes if I say a storm is going to hit on this day and it hits on the next day, well I consider that a win, given the fact that I’m doing it two years out,” he said.
More than just the weather
There is more to the Farmer’s Almanac than just predicting the weather, it also includes some life hacks.
“In winter time you can use coffee grounds after you shovel the walkway, put some coffee grounds on it and it’s a de-icer,” Geiger said.
The most popular page on their website is moon information. Geiger said it’s popular with women between the ages of 24 to 34.
The second most popular page is weather.
The third most popular is a page on fishing and hunting information. Geiger said that page is popular with men between the ages of 18 to 34.
“We’re there for everybody … we have a lot of interesting, fun tidbits and then each season we’re going to update our weather map from winter to spring to summer to fall.”