Farmers' Almanac predicts biting cold, snowy winter

By Marshanna Hester

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- On a hot day, there's nothing more refreshing than something cool.

That is what most people think about.

Right?

But is daydreaming about blizzard conditions taking it too far, too soon?

"That's taking it a little too far," said Skye Wheatley of East Peoria. "I'm ready for fall and then we can go back to summer and then we can go back to fall and I'll be happy."

"I wish we had a little moisture, then it'd help everybody," said Michael Winn of Kewanee.

The Farmers' Almanac says it's time to forget the sunscreen and stock up on long johns.

It calls its winter outlook the "Days of Shivery."

The map shows it will be "biting cold and snowy" in the Great Lakes region.

Our Chief Meteorologist Chuck Collins said when don't we have that during the winter.

"The farmers almanac, how they predict the weather is a widely guarded secret," said Collins. "So we don't know actually what they use to predict the weather and they claim 80 percent accuracy."

Collins harbors no secrets.

A computer and global weather models help him formulate an accurate forecast.

He said the Climate Prediction Center is calling for a winter opposite of the Farmers' Almanac.

"With the big heat we've had here this summer," he said, "I wouldn't discount a mild winter here in Central Illinois again looking at things at this point."

But some aren't throwing out the book just yet.

"I feel like it does have a little bit of credibility," continued Wheatley. "It's been around for a long time, a lot longer than I have, so I tend to respect stuff like that."

Chuck says it's still too early to tell what will fall this winter.
What's for certain now, is we need rain.