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Stormy Spring in the Forecast

Stormy Spring in the Forecast

After what the Farmers’ Almanac predicted would be a “two-faced winter,” the well-known weather prognosticator foresees only one face on the upcoming spring: a cold, rainy one.

This year’s vernal equinox, the moment when the Sun lines up directly above the Earth’s equator, happend at 1:48 a.m. on March 20, EDT. While many may be looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunnier days, the Farmers’ Almanac forecast reveals the opposite.

“Mother Nature has been on a rampage” reports Peter Geiger, Philom. Editor, “leaving record amounts of snowfall in many northern areas, which the Farmers’ Almanac accurately predicted.”

The 2008 Farmers’ Almanac, published last August, predicted an extra chilly winter for the eastern half of the country, but somewhat mild west of the Mississippi River, and lots of snow for New England and the Great Lakes. The accuracy of that prediction was borne out by the heavier-than-normal snow that pounded, and still covers, most of these regions.

Looking ahead: Don’t forget the umbrellas!

Now, spring is finally on the way, and the snow will soon be replaced by showers. For most sections of the country, Farmers’ Almanac weather forecaster Caleb Weatherbee predicts a cold start to spring, including snow flurries across the Great Lakes and Midwest. Moving into April, multiple thunderstorms and squalls are predicted for most regions, continuing through May and early June. “Tornado alley may be very active …” warns the Farmers’ Almanac.

While the wet spring weather may not be good news for picnickers, it could be a boon for gardeners, especially in light of the extremely hot weather the Almanac is predicting for the upcoming summer.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.