PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020) – The Farmer’s Almanac predicted the Thanksgiving snow storm of 2013 a remarkable two years ago.
Now, it looks like the Farmer’s Almanac was right. Peter Geiger, editor of the 2013 Farmer’s Almanac joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about the Thanksgiving Storm and how they make their predictions.
The prediction from the almanac calls for a, “Stormy Thanksgiving holiday: rain and sleet and wet snow from Virginia and Maryland northward.”
“The forecast is done two years in advance, and we don’t change it. We don’t have the luxury of going back and saying it’s going to be different,” Geiger said.
What method do they use to predict the forecasts two years in advance?
“It’s based upon a mathematical formula, sunspot activity, and other components,” he said. “Sometimes it serves me well and sometimes it doesn’t. If there is an El Nino or something else that comes along three or four months before a winter I can’t make changes.”
Geiger also is making a prediction for the Super Bowl, but not on the actual game.
“I call for a big storm during [the] Super Bowl and that’s caught everyone’s attention,” he said.
It’s only a matter of time to tell if the Farmer’s Almanac is spot on again.
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