If you believe The Farmer's Almanac, this upcoming winter is going to be pretty brutal for most of the country.
This is how Caleb Weatherbee, the pseudonym of the 197-year-old publication's official forecaster, put it in a piece today, announcing the new forecast:
"The 'Days of Shivery' are back! For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal. ...
"Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone."
The Farmer's Almanac goes further, saying they forecast a big snow storm just around the time of next year's Super Bowl, scheduled to be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands.