2022 Farmers’ Almanac foresees wild temperature swings this winter


The 2022 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is prediction this to be a “frosty flip-flop winter” for the 2021-2022 season. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll be sporting flip-flops throughout December and January — it means the publication is expecting conditions to go up and down wildly, with “notable polar coaster swings in temperatures.”

Oh joy.

All of the latest can be found in the 2022 Farmers’ Almanac, with the orange and green cover, which is hitting store shelves this week and contains 184 pages of tips, calendars, and guides to help you plan your year ahead. It also features weather forecasts for the next 16 months, plus useful advice on ways to take cues from nature to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

But, really, whether you find the Almanac’s predictions valid or think it’s just a bunch of hooey, the look at the winter season is what gets people talking.

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Image courtesy of Farmers’ Almanac

The publication notes that even though “farmers” is in the title, the Almanac reaches far beyond them. No longer does the Farmers’ Almanac contain husbandry tips for farm animals, but it does suggest the best days to cut your hair (and lawn) to increase growth, quit a bad habit, grow basil, and brew beer.

For example: Do you know what maple leaves have to do with planting perennials? Why onion skin tea should be consumed before bedtime? Or if June 1, 2022, is a good day to plant vegetables, buy a home, or catch more fish?

Plus, this edition of the Almanac (the 205th edition in its history) contains feel-good and enjoyable reads, such as a feature on extraordinary dogs with fascinating and lifesaving jobs, a look at what people did before soap, historical figures who turned adversity into opportunity, and the meaning behind the “dog days of summer,” to name a few.

As for the snow and winter chill, the Farmers’ Almanac claims this season “there will be snow, but probably not as much as a snow-sport enthusiasts might dream of. On average, we’ll see near-normal amounts of the white stuff from coast to coast. However, there will be notable month-to-month variations.”

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