For 196 years, the lure of a publication that boasts long-range weather outlooks that defy local forecasters accuracy rates has been growing. How does the Farmers’ Almanac predict weather for next winter, spring, and summer?
“It’s a method based on a very old set of rules established back in 1818,” says Peter Geiger, Philom, Editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, “our predictions are based on a very specific and reliable formula that remains secret to all but a few select Almanac associates.”
For years, many investigative reporters have tried to uncover this formula, and just who “Caleb Weatherbee” really is.
“He goes by the name of Caleb Weatherbee, a pseudonym for a real person who knows a lot about the weather,” Geiger shares.
While the Farmers’ Almanac has been published every year since 1818, there have only been seven weather prognosticators who have held this esteemed position.
“It’s more than a job, it’s a passion for all things weather,” says Geiger, “and we’d prefer to keep his identity a close brand secret just as we do the formula itself.”
Recently, the Associated Press was granted an exclusive phone interview with Weatherbee, which caused quite a stir at the Almanac’s headquarters in Lewiston, Maine.
“We wanted our fans and readers to know that Caleb is a real person, with a wealth of weather and Farmers’ Almanac knowledge and know-how,” reports Sandi Duncan, Philom, Managing Editor.
Since then, rumors have been spreading that the formula is in possible danger for being stolen.
“Let’s face it,” reflects Duncan, “Mother Nature has been quite extreme this past summer, and Old Man Winter was on a hiatus. Everyone wants to know what’s in store next.”
As such, the editors decided it was time to move the original formula.
While some think the formula should be brought into the digital age, Geiger points out that there are so many treasured handwritten notes, mathematical observations, and information contained within the original documentation that the charm and history of the Almanac would be lost if they converted it. In addition, he worries that a computer system could be hacked into.
So, Almanac Publishing Company has moved the formula from one undisclosed location to another, to protect the secret weather formula that has accurately predicted weather for nearly 200 years. Perhaps when the Farmers’ Almanac celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018, the editors will reveal a bit more about this famous formula? Time will tell …