The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been predicting the weather for 222 years, much longer than it’s younger cousin The Farmer’s Almanac. I guess that’s why everybody sat up and took notice when the  elder publication said this winter was going to be cold and snowy. They cited scientific sources like reduced solar activity and changing ocean patterns to reach their conclusion. Higher than average snowfalls and colder than average temperatures are to be expected. As a backup the junior edition, The Farmer’s Almanac said the same thing. It’s been a few years since we’ve had a “real” winter; it looks like we’re about due.