Each winter, around the midpoint, we like to check in with our readers to see how they are holding up. There certainly has been no shortage of severe weather across North America: last month, the Polar Vortex returned with a vengeance. So we wondered, are you enjoying winter this year where you live, or do you wish it would just go away?
What is the Midpoint of Winter?
Many people think the midpoint of winter is always Groundhog Day, but it varies. If you check page 154 of your 2020 Farmers’ Almanac, you’ll see that it’s Tuesday, February 4th—the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Spring officially begins on March 19, 2020, at 11:50 p.m. EDT with the arrival of the Vernal Equinox.
Top 10 Reasons To Wish Winter Away
10. The birds and squirrels have had a big appetite this season and birdseed supply is getting low.
9. Your muscles ache and you’re covered in bruises from all those “headers” on the ice.
8. You can’t even recognize your own car in the parking lot from all the road salt and dirt covering it.
7. You have sweaty feet from wearing boots all the time.
6. The days are getting longer!
5. Cold and flu season. Enough said.
4. Green (grass) is a much happier color.
3. The ability (and desire) to go outside without 27 layers of clothing.
2. The smell of spring flowers, the sound of birds, and the return of leaves.
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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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