DATE: May 24, 2010
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Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor 207-755-2246 – email@example.com
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Summer to be a Scorcher, Warns Farmers’ Almanac
LEWISTON, Maine — Those who complained about last year’s cool, soggy weather may enjoy the scorching heat the Farmers’ Almanac has predicted for the coming summer.
After a wacky, wild winter across much of the country, and a soggy spring in many areas — especially along the East Coast, where heavy rains and flooding have ravaged parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey and parts of New England — things should finally begin to warm up as summer swings into full gear.
According to the 192-year-old publication, most areas of the U.S. and Canada can expect hotter than normal temperatures during July and August. Because of this year’s El Niño weather system, the coming summer may actually start off wetter than normal, and dry out as the summer progresses.
“El Niño is responsible for this year’s unusual weather patterns, but we expect this system to fade away by the early part of summer. If that happens, things should warm up considerably just about everywhere, bringing on one of the nation’s hottest summers in a good while,” said Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger, Philom.
Only the Pacific Northwest is forecast to have near-normal temperatures this summer.
The Farmers’ Almanac has predicted that thunderstorms will strike most regions over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with the threat of tornadoes over the Plains states.
For the rest of the summer, look for an average amount of rainfall on the East Coast and Pacific Northwest, with wetter than normal conditions in the Midwest and South Central states, especially Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico.
California and Nevada will have an exceptionally dry summer, this year, which could mean an increased threat of wildfires.
Hurricanes are expected to threaten the Southeastern United States late in August, and again during the Labor Day holiday.
The Farmers’ Almanac bases its long-range weather forecasts on a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula that figures in sunspot activity, tidal action, the position of the planet in relation to the Sun, as well as a number of other factors. Faithful readers of the Farmers’ Almanac estimate that its annual weather forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. For more information about weather, astronomy, and the best days for planting, fishing and more, pick up a copy of the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac or visit on the Web at www.farmersalmanac.com.