Just for point of clarification: There are two primary Farmers Almanacs.... the "Old Farmer's Almanac" and the slightly younger "Farmers' Almanac." Both are independent publications. I will reference them below specifically as "Old Farmer's Almanac" or just "Farmers' Almanac" to differentiate.
|Farmers' Almanac's Winter Outlook.|
Credit: Farmers' Almanac
Still, the "Old Farmer's Almanac" is going on 220 years old in 2012. It was first published in 1792, and eventually differentiated itself from its competition by placing the "Old" in the title in the 1800s.
The slightly younger "Farmers' Almanac" is going almost 200 years after first being published in 1818, originally in Morristown, NJ. According to the Wiki article on the Almanac:
"The Farmers’ Almanac publishers are highly secretive about the method used to make its predictions, only stating publicly that it is a "top secret mathematical and astronomical formula, that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary position and many other factors." The identity of the Farmers’ Almanac weather forecaster is also a secret. The Almanac’s forecaster is referred to by the pseudonym Caleb Weatherbee."One thing we can say about the Almanacs is that they are certainly filled with interesting and fun information about weather, astronomy, farming, the planet, etc. So while I wouldn't particularly recommend it for a seasonal forecast, it's still a fun publication. Speaking as a frequent giftee of these publications, it's also a very simple gift to give to the meteorologist in your life!