Winter is Going to Be Cold...Or Not
You aren't mistaken, there is definitely a slight nip in the air. That slight chill that whispers in your ear, "No more flip-flops." Since fall in Chicago is just a brief prelude to months and months of winter, we got depressed when we saw the mercury drop into the forties the other night.
How cold is it going to be this winter? Really cold and miserable, maybe. The Farmer's Almanac and it's editor says in no uncertain terms that Chicago is "going to get pounded." The almanac predicts many heavy snow storms with the first one in mid-November. This gives you about 2 months before you have to break out the winter gear, shovels, and salt.
However, the Old Farmer's Almanac disagrees. The publisher's prediction is pretty rosy, with above average temperatures and below normal precipitation. Obviously, we are inclined to listen to optimism and it is the Old Farmer's Almanac. That makes it infinitely more reliable doesn't it? Or in its age, has the Old Farmer's Almanac become senile and just spouts nonsense?
Our own, completely lay, gut feeling prediction is that a cold winter is ahead. We think it was a fairly pleasant summer, which means we will be severely punished for our enjoyment.