Expect a 'Polar Coaster' and really cold temperatures in Beaufort this Winter, the Farmers' Almanac says

According to the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac, our Lowcountry Winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a “Polar Coaster.”

We’ve had some fun snow events here in town over the past several years and we’re always hoping for more. With this wild Winter ride, it may be time to bundle up Beaufort! The 2020 edition of Farmers’ Almanac says predicts a brisk and wet winter here in Beaufort and the worst of the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians. 

Snow covers the Woods Memorial Bridge in 1989 when a Christmas storm blanketed the area with as much as 7 inches.

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” shares Editor Peter Geiger.

The almanac uses a secret forecasting formula it says is 80 percent accurate and has been in use since 1792 remains one of the oldest and one of the most popular reference guides in the United States.

The Christmas storm of 1989 dumped a recorded 6.5 inches of snow at MCAS Beaufort. We’ve had snowfall and even lost power for days during the Blizzard of 1993 when a ‘Noreaster’ blanketed the entire east coast. More recently we’ve had snowfall of a much lesser amount in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 as well, but nothing like in 1989.

Despite a self-proclaimed success rate of 80%, most meteorologists question the almanac’s predictions and the validity of its methods.

The Almanac’s secret forecasting formula, locked in a black box somewhere in New Hampshire, was devised by the founder, Robert B. Thomas, who believed the weather was influenced by the magnetic storms on the surface of the sun or sunspots.

Although originally created for recording and predicting astronomical events, today the Old Farmer’s Almanac does more than predict weather patterns. Readers can also learn about gardening, recipes, the best days to fish, among other helpful tips.

We’re fine with a mild winter but we’d love to see at least a little bit of the white stuff this year…so we’ll hold out hope that the almanac gets it wrong this time around.

Here’s a look at a few sights that we hope to see this winter in Beaufort.

Snow dusted the Beaufort area in 2014. Photo by Bob Sofaly
Snow blanketed the docks in Port Royal in 2014. Photo by Lauren Wunder
A snow covered beach at Coffin Point on St. Helena Island in 2014. Photo by Julie Riley
Everyone had fun back in 1989 when a Christmas storm blanketed the area with as much as 7 inches.