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Weather Folklore

Before there were weather apps for your smartphone, Doppler radar, or the National Weather Service, our ancestors were busy observing their natural surroundings and noticed that animal behavior, clouds, and other elements of nature gave clues about the weather to come.

 

The result: weather folklore — sayings, rhymes and anecdotes that were passed down from generation to generation. Weather lore is one of our favorite subjects here at Farmers’ Almanac, and It’s been a reader favorite since our very first edition in 1818.

 

Below is a collection from our archives.

Is Snow Good for the Garden?

As of today, there are 39 days until spring! However, looking out my window, spring seems far away. We’ve had a lot of snow this year as have many other places, and the even more unusual aspect of all this snow, is that it’s stayed

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Helpful Hint…

Fill in ugly, small holes from nails with a little white toothpaste. Let it dry and paint right over it.

Cover Up Nail Holes

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous, 56% of full

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 1919, 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.

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