Uh Oh—Old Farmer’s Almanac Says to Hang Onto Your Hat

While 2013 is poised to become the driest year on record locally, January and February 2014 could be very different.

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a bleak January and February. (Photo: Patch Archive)
The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a bleak January and February. (Photo: Patch Archive)

Written by Patch Staff

If the daily general Bay Area forecast — sunny skies likely — is starting to feel repetitive, you're not imagining anything.

If the pattern holds as predicted, San Francisco will break its all-time calendar year record for the driest year on record.

What's more, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Charles Bell, researchers recently discovered that the year scientists had been referencing as the driest — 1976 — actually is not correct.

Because precipitation values from 1973 to 1982 contain errors, data from those years won't count, making 1917, when San Francisco got 8.96 inches of rain, the last known driest year.

"The moisture profile will remain bleak," says Friday's NWS forecast discussion, "and will not support rainfall. Ongoing dry conditions appear likely heading into the New Year."

But enjoy it while you can. According to the bible of weather predictions, the Old Farmer's Almanac, winter will be "much rainier and cooler than normal, with mountain snowfall much greater than normal. Most of the rain, snow, and storminess will come in January and February, when storm damage will be a concern."

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