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Is it too early to talk winter? Not for the Farmers' Almanac

Last Updated Aug 27, 2019 at 7:07 am PST

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Enjoy the sun - the Farmers' Almanac is out with a 'polar coaster' of a winter look-ahead for much of Canada

The western third of Canada will see near-normal temperatures, according to the Almanac

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It almost makes the corporate pumpkin spice complex and its “fall” agenda look reasonable. Almost.

There may be weeks of summer left, but the good old Farmers’ Almanac — using its secretive, age-old forecasting methods — is out with a “polar coaster” of a winter look-ahead for much of Canada.

“Our long-range forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” shares editor Peter Geiger, Philom., adding, “if you remember last winter’s freezing temperatures, you’re going to want to be prepared.”

Fortunately, the western third of the country will see near-normal temperatures, according to the Almanac.

We asked NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate if he concurs, and he admits he has no idea how the Almanac comes up with its forecasts.

“I guess I’m not a member of the secret society,” he laughs. “I haven’t yet been brought into the inner circle.”

We also asked Russ about “meteorological summer” and whether or not the season is imminently over.

“I’m not a fan of that term. Summer ends around the third week of September, not necessarily two days from now,” he chuckles. “I’m not sure where that term ever came from but it has been tossed around a lot the last few years. Just look at the books, right? September is always a nicer month than June around here.”

Winter is, however, on the minds of city councillors in Chilliwack.

Council has just passed a bylaw requiring drivers to equip their vehicles with proper winter tires “if and when” they are travelling on hillside roads during a snow or ice event.

In the meantime, enjoy this week’s beach weather.