GREEN BAY, - It's been prognosticating trends in weather for almost 200 years.
The 2014 edition of the Farmers' Almanac is now available. And when it comes to the upcoming winter, the almanac's expectation can be summed up in one word. Cold.
At Bosse's News and Tobacco shop in Green Bay, the 2014 Farmers' Almanac has been selling for about a week and a half.
"It likes to predict the weather I know. And then it usually has a lot of odd facts that are sometimes fun to read," said Donna Otto, Seymour.
But the winter outlook found on page 32 of the almanac, is using words like piercing, biting, and bitter to describe its cold weather prediction.
The almanac even predicts a snow storm for the Super Bowl being played outside in New Jersey in February.
"People always want to know or get an idea what's going to happen, particularly in winter," said Pete Petoniak, FOX 11 News Director of Meteorology.
Petoniak says almanacs often use a lot of latitude when it comes to predictions.
"When you get out to 4 and 5 months, there's still science involved, but the accuracy may be lacking a little bit," said Petoniak.
Petoniak uses National Weather Service data to help track the long-range forecast for Northeast Wisconsin. He's only looking about three months out.
"It looks like it's going to be above average temperatures right now, but about equal chances of being average as far a precipitation is concerned," said Petoniak.
There are signs of the season already appearing in Green Bay, but not everyone is ready to stock up for a long cold winter, just yet.
"With the weather how it's been changing. So unpredictable, hot and cold I take it kind of with a grain of salt," said Al Borchers, Howard.
"We're just curious about that kind of thing I guess. Yeah, I think it's impossible really to predict that far ahead," said Otto.
"It's interesting to look at. It's interesting to see the results, but it's very hard to do," said Petoniak.
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