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America, brace yourself for a very cold winter in 2017

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

As if this above-average sweltering hot summer wasn't enough torture, America should expect one of the coldest winters yet—according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Specifically, the Almanac's long range weather forecast—which is based on a "secret formula" by founder Robert B. Thomas designed using meteorology, solar cycles and climatology—predicts "above normal" precipitation and "colder than normal" temperatures across the Northeast and the Midwest in the upcoming months. Joy.

The Pacific Northwest will be delighted to know that rain and chilly weather will most likely dominate its new cycle come winter—have fun with that. 

But there is hope for us yet. Appalachian region residents and Southerners seem to be safe from all devious forms of weather-related awfulness: the former will enjoy a warmer-than-usual winter—ironic, considering its status as a major ski destination—while the latter will revel in a fairly mild one.

If you're looking for long-range weather forecasts for specific regions in the country, check out the Almanac's own site, which breaks down info for major cities in each state. This might be a good time to tell you that the Almanac's predictions about last year's brutal winter were fairly accurate.

What else does the weather Bible foretell? A cooler-than-usual summer in 2017. Hurrah?

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