Will it snow and where? It’s the one big question, whether you’re planning out your holiday shred trip or which mountain town you’re moving to this winter. Most of us have realized that chasing the snow never really works (with the exception of East Coast 93/94 and Mt. Bakers winter of ’98-99) that fresh two feet is going to be groomed-down and moguled-out by the time you get there. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. With most weather reports predicting only one-week out, these predictions become pretty useless if there’re airplane reservations or even the hint of a plan involved.

The new Farmers’ Almanac, (yeah, the same one your grandparents buy at the grocery store checkout) is one resource you might be overlooking. Buried in those directions for canning tomatoes and knitting slippers, are some wicked predictions for this winters snowfall.

The forecasts are based on misty things like sunspots, the position of the planets, and tidal action of the moon instead of the familiar Doppler radar, jet streams, and barometric pressure.

What’s on tap for this winter? The Almanac calls for “a very variable winter of extremes.” It says overall that the Northeast can anticipate an active storm track with lots of precipitation-either rain or snow. The Farmers Almanac even predicts the biggest dumps of the winter, one occurring December 24 to 27 in the Northeast and then during the second week of February, there’s “potential for blizzards in both the Midwest and Northeast regions of the country.” More foreboding, it predicts that, “the Central and Southern Rockies should have a (gasp) mild and dry weather pattern.” While, “the Northeast and New England will have heavier than normal precipitation.”

The Almanac divides the country into seven zones, and gives each zones weather predictions in three-day periods. Check out a copy and maybe just discretely hide it in the new issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding—I mean, seriously, who reads that thing?