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An Inch of Rain Equals

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Natural disasters are never easy to handle but floods are particularly unforgiving and the long term recovery is difficult. In a perfect world we’d have just enough rain to handle our needs but that isn’t always the case. How much is enough rain anyway? A week ago, parts of the drought ravaged South received an

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Move Thanksgiving?!

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In the last few years there has been some question about the placement of the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday in November and whether, in fact, it should be observed at a more appropriate time in the fall season.

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Caterpillars and a Rough Winter

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Here is a common question this time of year. There is an old folklore about caterpillars. What does the coloring of a woolly bear mean? I have seen some where they are mostly brown. Does this mean a hard and snowy winter in the East? Next to Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous weather prognosticators in

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Winter and the Persimmon Seed

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One more comment on Mother Nature and what winter holds. In a supermarket near you, you should find a persimmon fruit. If you cut it open a seed may be another clue to winter weather. According to old-timers, persimmon seeds can be used to predict the severity of winter weather. When cut into two pieces,

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Spiders and Winter Weather

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With our new interactive site up and running, I asked for questions. Here are a couple that may be of interest: We have been working on an historical weather feature. Q. Maybe I didn’t see it on the web page, but why are your weather reports limited to the past no further than 1945? A.

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Use the Signs for Best Days

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In a recent blog I mentioned a Best Day for Fishing and other activities. A couple questions were posed about what this is all about. Many years ago before any form of communication helped people, activities were timed according to observations. These activities became connected with the position of Moon and the Sun. It is

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What’s a Hallock?

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As an almanac editor and Philom., from time to time I get asked a question that I can’t answer. Here is one from B.D. located in Oregon. Apparently, several people, in her office were looking for the meaning of a word. Read below. Back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s we pick strawberries and put

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A Long, Hard Winter

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I have a love/hate relationship with the Month of April. Most years, the snow has melted and there is a wonderful smell in the air. You wake to robins chirping, the sun is higher in the sky, and the days warmer. Then, there are years when winter won’t end. For those in the East, there

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The 10 Worst Weather Cities

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Yesterday I shared with you our top 10 Best Weather Cities and today we have flipped the coin and look at what might be considered the worst weather locations in the USA. Since I live in Maine, cold temperatures, rain and snow is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, many people commented when we

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