Last winter we couldn't go a day without hearing about the "polar vortex." How extreme will winter be in Monmouth/Ocean this season? The first prediction is in. 

Snow falls in Jackson (Nadine Nicastro Demczyszyn)

The 2015 issue of the Farmers' Almanac is shipping now and it's calling for a "crisp and very stormy winter" at the Jersey Shore.

Many look at Farmers' as a novelty, but while meteorologists were laughing about last year's "polar vortex," the almanac was spot on. Climatologists were actually calling for "above average temperatures" heading into the winter last year.

Plus, the almanac’s editor, Peter Geiger, can also gloat over his Super Bowl forecast. The almanac forecast a snowstorm Feb. 1-3 in New Jersey. It was 49 degrees at the start of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, but a snowstorm created havoc the following morning.

The almanac says:

We are “red flagging” the first 10 days of January and the first week of February along the Atlantic Seaboard for active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds. Another red flag timeframe for widespread wintry conditions is the middle part of March from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast.

For all we know the folks at Farmers' Almanac got lucky. But if history repeats itself and the Farmers' is accurate, we better get the snow shovels ready.