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What Does Old Man Winter Have In Store For Breckenridge?

Posted by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 12:01pm.

Winter is just around the corner and we’re wondering what it might bring. Each year we hope for endless snow. Will Mother Nature deliver this year? We’ve reviewed weather predictions from two separate, century-old forecasting methods - the Farmers’ Almanac and Weather Folklore. There are some interesting insights from both and if they're right, it could be a big Winter. Hint, hint…shoveling may be in your future.

Without computers or instruments to forecast weather long-term, Farmers’ Almanac predictions are based on a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula that dates back to the 1800s, when the first issue was published. This formula is still heavily relied upon today with the latest 2010 predictions just released. Will it be a cold Winter? The answer is yes it will – throughout most of the country. Just how cold it will be?

According to the Farmers' Almanac predictions, Old Man Winter has plans for a very cold and snowy Colorado and the central part of the country. Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average precipitation and 75 percent of the U.S. will experience below-average temperatures. Significant snowstorms are in the forecast for every zone. Cold days and nights and snow are in the long-term Winter forecast for Colorado - great news for skiing in the Colorado mountains.

Backyard bear spottings, changing leaves and crisp, cool mornings in the mountains give the feeling of Fall earlier than normal this year. These indicators combined with more observations throughout the country, including spiders spinning very large webs, geese migration, squirrels storing their acorns instead of eating them and thick bark on trees, are Mother Nature’s signs of a cold upcoming winter, according to “old wives’ tales” of Weather Folklore.

Well before science instruments and the modern day weatherman, generations relied on generations before and their Weather Folklore to relate patterns in nature to weather predictions. They viewed the relationship of nature and weather to that of cause-and-effect. According to these observations, it will indeed be a very cold winter.

If long-time, trusted sources such as these are predicting the upcoming winter accurately, it could be the epic winter we’ve been waiting for. We couldn’t be in a better place for cold and snow – time to wax those skis and we’ll see you on the mountain.

Pick up a copy of the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac and view more information on Winter Weather predictions on their website -

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