By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you liked last winter, you’ll love this one – at least according to the Farmer’s Almanac, dating back to 1818. The pages are full of warnings of snow storms and bitter cold.

Then there’s the “Old” Farmers’ Almanac, which goes back to 1792. Alas, they both have the same outlook.

How many times have you heard forecasters say, “Most of the snow will stay to the south of us?” Well, we went to “the south of us.”

In fact, it was in Washington, Pa. where we asked local residents what they think of that long-range, snowy forecast.

“They were right about last winter,” one man said. “I think they predicted the same thing.”

“Last winter was really bad,” a woman added. “So I’m hoping it will be a little bit better this year.”

Meteorologists don’t put much more stock in Farmers’ Almanacs, saying that a system called El Nino may make for a warmer winter.

Nevertheless, a supporter says, “I kind of believe what the Farmer’s Almanac says. I believe in farmers. Those old-timers know what they’re talking about.”

Some don’t need an almanac to know which way the wind blows.

“If you start hitting cold spots, look out, it’s coming,” one man says.

Others are hoping the forecast is right

“Winter’s my favorite season, so bring it on,” another adds.

“I’m prepared for it,” says another. “I’m a rancher myself, so I’m ready.”

Ready or not, here it comes. Unless it doesn’t.

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