Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. It is a partly cloudy day and the temperature is currently 34º in my location of Newtown, CT at 3:30 P.M. There is a slight breeze thus producing a windchill factor making it feel in the upper 20s.
I mention this because this past fall I got my annual Old Farmer's Almanac. The OFA is a magazine that's been around since the late 1700s. It's famous for its long range weather forecasts and since I'm a bit of a weather nut, I find it very appealing. Every year it looks back on the previous year to determine how close they were. As it turns out, they're pretty darn good-like about a 90% accuracy for temperatures and precipitation for our area.
At about the time I get my new almanac I also get a PocketPal Calendar notebook from my wife's office. In the past I've never known what to do with it because I use an electronic calendar on my computer but this year I decided to keep a daily weather journal. Then at the end of the year I can compare it to the Old Farmer's Almanac and check it for accuracy.
So far, the Almanac is right on the money-milder winter, less precipitation.
Keep in mind this applies to our region. I'm not comparing it on a national level. We'll see how the rest of the year goes and I'll report back.