Are you hoping for a white Christmas in Kansas City this year?
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, you’re in luck.
According to the 200-year-old publication’s long-term weather forecast, the Kansas City area might experience snowy intervals; warm, then extremely cold temperatures from December 22 to December 31.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac claims to be North America’s “oldest continuously published periodical,” according to its website. It is believed to make its predictions using a “secret formula” developed in 1792 by the Almanac’s founder, Robert B. Thomas. According to the authors, the system incorporates solar physics (the study of sunspots), climatology, and meteorology.
To check your area, go to the Almanac’s website and enter your ZIP Code into the 60-day extended weather forecast.
A white Christmas is defined by the National Weather Service as having at least one inch of snow on the ground.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the historic probability of a white Christmas in Kansas City is 19.9%.
Meanwhile, the Farmers’ Almanac, an 1818 periodical with a similar name to the older version, predicts a snowy Christmas for Kansas City.
The Farmers’ Almanac Christmas forecast for December 24 to December 27 predicts snow in the North Central zone, which includes Kansas and Missouri as well as Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
“Looking good for a White Christmas! Possible heavy snow in Colorado and over the Plains just in time to set the mood for the holiday,” The Farmers’ Almanac says.
Unlike NOAA estimates, the Farmers’ Almanac uses a “secret formula” that is not available to the public, making their snow prediction impossible to verify.
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