Fall is here! Yes, the autumnal equinox has officially arrived, and it's only a matter of time before we're bundled up in coats, scarves, and gloves around South Jersey. This winter is predicted to be especially cold.

If you've been hoping for a mild winter the for end of 2021 and into 2022, you're out of luck, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The Alamac is reportedly forecasting a 'season of shivers'.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been helping readers prepare for winter (with near perfect accuracy) for more than 200 years. And, this year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac editor Janice Stillman says, 'This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years'. The Almanac goes on to say, 'This winter will be punctuated by positively bone-chilling, below-average temperatures across most of the United States.'

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While some of the mid west will be snowy, but mild, according to The Almanac, New Jersey, New York, and eastern Pennsylvania will be cold and snowy.

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Looking at other parts of the United States, eastern Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado are predicted to have above-average snowfall

Curious about how The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts weather? By tradition, the publication employs 'three scientific disciplines to make long-range predictions: solar science, the study of sunspots and other solar activity; climatology, the study of prevailing weather patterns; and meteorology, the study of the atmosphere'. It predicts weather trends by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity, according to its official website. Pretty cool, huh?

For more on winter weather predictions for South Jersey, click here.

Are you looking forward to a cold, snowy winter in our area? Let us know in the comment box below. And, if anyone needs me, I'll be in line for the hottest Pumpkin Spice Latte I can order, lol.

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There are more options than ever for enjoying a Garden State crafted beer in an outdoor setting.

New Jersey tied for first place (with Kentucky) with 43% growth in the craft beer scene from 2015 to 2019, according to C+R Research.

The following is a roundup of breweries around the state with scenic, dedicated outdoor seating as weather allows.

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