Not to be outdone by my esteemed colleague and valued Adjunct Blogger, Rich, I thought I’d add this tidbit about global cooling. The venerable Old Farmer’s Almanac (not to be confused with the upstart Farmer’s Almanac, which started publishing 26 years later than the one we’re talking about here) is predicting a global cooling period – or maybe even a mini-ice age.
The 2009 edition, published earlier this month, predicts that the earth already has entered a sustained period of global cooling.
True to form, the almanac also includes tips on gardening and how to stay warm all winter with just one log.
“The next 20 years, it’s going to be colder,” said Sarah Perreault, assistant editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. “We do recognize that (global cooling) could be offset by greenhouse gasses and other human effects on the earth, but we’re trending toward the cool period now.”
The almanac is predicting a period of global cooling partly due to the lack of sunspots, a situation which some scientists believe causes cooling on the sun and, subsequently, the earth.
Perreault said the staff still uses the weather prediction method devised by almanac founder Robert B. Thomas, using a combination of solar sciences, meteorology and climatology.
“Obviously we have more technology now,” she said. “We have the benefit of having more information than he had, but it’s basically the same.”
The almanac claims an 80% success rate for its predictions. Take that, Al.