Fall is on our doorstep and winter will be here before you know it. One of the burning questions we all ask every year is "how bad will winter be?" While we have incredible technology to help forecast the weather, there is one book that has been tried and true since 1818 - The Farmer's Almanac. Time-tested and generations approved, the Farmers’ Almanac is a compendium of knowledge on weather, gardening, cooking, home remedies, managing your household, preserving the earth, and more.

For Amarillo and the Texas panhandle, the Almanac is predicting a colder than normal winter for the southern high plains. Precipitation is forecast to be slightly above normal, however snow amounts are forecast to below-normal. Right now, they are calling for the snowiest periods to be in early January, early to mid-February, and early March.

So what does that all mean? More wet weather but with less snow, and it will be cold.

Now, while all this forecast information is great, you might be asking yourself just how accurate is the Almanac with their predictions. This past winter, when it came to forecasting the temperature in their 18 regions of the United States, they had an accuracy rate of 88.9%. For precipitation, they had an accuracy rate of 72.2%. That gave the Almanac an overall rating of 80.5%, which is on par with their normal 80% accuracy history.

Credit: The Farmer's Almanac