FARGO, N.D. -

Farmer's Almanac releases a winter outlook every single year.

But should we believe the publication that's been coming out for past 200 years?

The 2017 edition of Farmer's Almanac says that we should expect "freezing cold and average snowfall" from November through March.

"But it seems that every year the Farmer's Almanac suggests that winters are going to be pretty tough," NDSU Extension Meteorologist Daryl Ritchison says.

Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather from a 200–plus year old formula based on solar science, the study of sunspots.

Traditionally, long–range winter forecasts are created using different aspects from global weather patterns like the change from an El Nino to a La Nina and teleconnections.

"We try to find teleconnections between something that is easier to forecast and make this connection...to make an inference for what might happen in the winter," North Dakota State Climatologist Adnan Akyuz explains.

Generally speaking though, the Farmer's Almanac's Outlook could be right, but it just depends on how you look at it.

"The thing is their forecasts, week–by–week going into the publication, are so generic that they can't be wrong," Ritchison explains.

And with its generic forecasts for long periods of time, they also produce detailed forecasts for specific times of the year, which some believe, are not up to snuff.

"The only thing that's funnier than their long range forecast is their most detailed forecast where they talk about, for example...expecting in this 7–Day period a snowstorm. The likelihood of a snowstorm in January is likely to be pretty good," KVRR Chief Meteorologist Rob Kupec says.

These forecasts for some, could be compared to Punxutawney Phil seeing his shadow.

But I guess we'll have to wait and see if the almanac's predictions ring true.

For more information on this winter's weather predictions from the 2017 edition of Farmer's Almanac, click here.