Farmers’ Almanac Predicts ‘Polar Coaster’ Winter for Illinois

Farmers’ Almanac Predicts ‘Polar Coaster’ Winter for Illinois

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinoisans should plan for plenty of snow and a colder-than-normal winter, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, which is out with its weather forecast for next year.

Peter Geiger, the editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, said Illinois can expect to see what the publication called a “Polar Coaster” this winter.

“Polar Coaster means there is going to be some ups, and there will be some downs,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it is going to be totally an ice cube for the entire year.”

The 2020 predictions call for heavy rain and wet snow starting in the middle of November. Cold air could move in by the end of December. Geiger predicted January would be a “brutal” month for all of Illinois. He said some parts of the state could see temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

As for spring? The weather prognosticator at the Farmers’ Almanac predicts it will arrive late. Summer should be sultry with average precipitation.

How accurate are the publication’s predictions? Geiger said last year its predictions were spot on.

“We had said it would be a ‘teeth-chattering’ cold and snowy winter,” he said. “If anyplace got it, Illinois got it last year.”

The Farmers’ Almanac weather forecasts are compiled about two years in advance. The existing staff prognosticator is the seventh in the history of the publication, which was first published in 1818.

Geiger is a second-generation editor of the Farmers’ Almanac. He took over from his father, along with co-editor Sandi Duncan, in 1994.

The 203rd edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is in stores.

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