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The almanac was wrong

March 1, 2011 - Frank Robinson
Back in September I wrote in this blog about the predictions for the kind of winter we could expect this season. I looked at that blog the other day, and the prediction was sooo wrong. At the time, I quoted the "Old Farmer's Almanac," which had just been released. Get this: The almanac predicted a colder-than-usual winter. It has been cold. But it also had Trumbull County in the dry category. To me, that means not-so-much snow. It was so far off it's not even funny. We broke the record this year for the amount of snow to hit the area. At last count, it was 103.7 inches of snow for the season. That tops the 102.8 inches that fell during the 2007-08 season. What happened? How could the folks at the almanac have been so wrong? In its defense, the almanac did say that the snow belt area to the north could expect "cold and snowy conditions." All I can figure is the snow belt extended a little farther south than usual, so much so it collided with the "Tech Belt." The "Tech Belt" is U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan's and others' proposal called the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. It's a business incubator getting started in downtown Warren. Perhaps someone should notify the people at the Old Farmer's Almanac. Apparently the Tech Belt is the reason the publication missed the snow predictions so badly.


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