Do you remember last winter? The biting cold that made your face freeze within minutes, the frosty wind that assailed you from every side, the avalanches of snow that turned your front porches into refrigerators? Well, gear up, because the winter of 2017 is going to be even worse.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that it will be especially cold and that even places that don’t usually experience much snowfall, like the Pacific Northwest, will be hit with buckets of it.
Now, before you curl up into a ball and cry, let’s look at the bright side.
Firstly, there are plenty of scientists who poo-poo the almanac, which is based on a secret formula that founder Robert B. Thomas designed using solar cycles, climatology, and meteorology, so it could be wrong.
But even if it is right, there are certain perks to a real, sturdy winter.
“Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” Almanac editor Janice Stillman told The Huffington Post.
Which means there will be ever more reason to stay curled up inside with your loved ones, cradling a cup of tea, and watching the windows frost over as the sky carpets the earth in a thick blanket of white.