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Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Rough Winter For Southern New England

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The snow pile at The Loop in Methuen in January 2011. (credit: P. McLellan)

The snow pile at The Loop in Methuen in January 2011. (credit: P. McLellan)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The 2012 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac lays out its predictions for the New England winter.

Areas of northern New England should expect colder-than-normal temperatures but seasonal rates of snowfall.

What about Boston and other parts of southern New England?

“Areas like the Atlantic Corridor like Boston and Hartford – near-normal temperatures, above-normal snowfall,” Sarah Perault, the senior associate editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been using a formula that dates back to 1792, based on solar science, meteorology and climatology, and now technology to forecast the winter.

“We traditionally have an 80-percent accuracy rate, but for last winter, we were 90.6 percent accurate in precipitation and temperature, so we’re really patting ourselves on the back this year,” said Perault.

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