Farmers’ Almanac: Super Bowl may be ‘Storm Bowl’

The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like ”piercing cold,”

”bitterly cold” and ”biting cold” to describe the upcoming

winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super

Bowl in years will be a messy ”Storm Bowl.”

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday

predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the

Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New

Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds

of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and

New England.

”We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this

winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi

Duncan, managing editor.

Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the

almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David

Young published the first almanac in 1818.

Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal

action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan

weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the

time.

Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern

and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes.

It started just the opposite but ended up that way.

Caleb Weatherbee, the publication’s elusive prognosticator, said

he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season’s biggest

storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3

feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before

spring’s arrival that buried parts of New England.

Readers who put stock in the almanac’s forecasts may do well to

stock up on long johns, especially if they’re lucky enough to get

tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held

outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and

super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac

says.

Said Duncan: ”It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the

Storm Bowl.”

The Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac, not to be confused with the

New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, which will be published

next month, features a mix of corny jokes, gardening tips,

nostalgia and home remedies, like feeding carrots to dogs to help

with bad breath and using mashed bananas to soothe dry, cracked

skin in the winter.

Also in this year’s edition, editor Peter Geiger is leading a

campaign to get people to ditch the penny, like Canada is

doing.

Past campaigns have focused on moving Thanksgiving to harvest

time in October, reconsidering ”The Star-Spangled Banner” as the

national anthem and changing the color of money. This time, Geiger

thinks he has a winner.

He wants people to donate pennies to charity and then lobby

Congress to stop making them.

”They don’t get used very much. They get tossed. The only real

use of a penny is if you save tens of thousands of them, then you

can use them to help someone,” he said.

Online:

www.farmersalmanac.com