We've discussed the long range forecasts of the Old Farmer's Almanac before, and with the release of the new edition they're giving us some very specific specifics about what we can expect for Ocean County's winter, right down to a 10 day stretch that they say will be the worst of the season.

First of all, let's look back at what the Old Farmer's Almanac said when they first released their general prediction back in the summer (when they say "long term" they really mean it!).

When we discussed the outlook for winter 2017-2018 at the end of August, the Almanac's famous secret recipe was calling for a warmer but wetter than usual winter for the Atlantic Corridor, which includes us here in Ocean County.

Now that the 2018 Almanac is out, we're getting an even closer look at their prediction, which calls for an end of December and January which they say will alternate between mild temperatures, cold temperatures, snow, and rain.

To drill it down even more specifically, a press release from the Almanac says that while we're...

...on track for a relatively warm winter, folks should prepare for above-average precipitation, including during a 10-day stretch from January 22­–31, when rain and snow (sometimes heavy) will alternate and potentially create havoc at airports and on the roads.

Now again, I'll remind you that The Old Farmer's Almanac is known for holding their forecasting formula close to the vest, so all I'm doing here is sharing the information that they've shared with us.

I'm not a meteorologist and I'm not saying that this prediction will be right or wrong, I'm just the guy who got the press release and is sharing it with you.

If you'd like to see more about The Old Farmer's Almanac's winter 2017-2018 predictions, including the week by week forecasts for the rest of December and all of January, just click here.

You can also check out our article on NOAA's winter prediction, which we at least know uses science, by clicking here.


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