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This week, NBC excitedly proclaimed that 117 million people are being exposed to below-normal temperatures. I guess context is everything — what they meant was, it’s April, and while temperatures are in the 40s and 50s, it is colder than normal, not sub-zero conditions. My suggestion? Break out a sweater.

The fact is we are seeing crazy temperature swings country-wide. Managing Editor Sandi Duncan was in Waco, Texas this past weekend and it was in the mid 40s. For those of us living in northern states, it has been a late start to spring. Quite possibly, we could go straight to summer.

Just for the heck of it, I went to my cottage on Echo Lake in central Maine on Saturday (April 7, 2018). Normally, we’d be open-water fishing by now (fishing season starts April 1 in Maine). Most years my docks and boats would already be in place waiting for the water to approach 70 degrees to start tubing. But you guessed it, it’s still a “sea” of white. So I drilled a hole and found we still have over 20” of ice yet to melt. That, plus a few inches of snow still on the lawn, makes spring seem like a distant dream.

If you have never seen a hole being drilled, here it is. Take a look. No sweater needed.

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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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