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The Old Farmers Almanac Weather Predictions
Oct 05/16

The Old Farmers Almanac Weather Predictions Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 0 Comments

The Old Farmers Almanac has been used for generations for many things, including weather, astronomy, gardening, and much more. But have you ever wondered how, exactly they are able to predict the weather year after year at an 80% accuracy rate? According to the Old Farmers Almanac website, 

“We derive our weather forecasts from a secret formula that was devised by the founder of this Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, in 1792. Thomas believed that weather on Earth was influenced by sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun. Notes about that formula are locked in a black box in our offices in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Over the years, we have refined and enhanced that formula with state-of-the-art technology and modern scientific calculations. We employ three scientific disciplines to make our long-range predictions:

solar science, the study of sunspots and other solar activity;

climatology, the study of prevailing weather patterns; and

meteorology, the study of the atmosphere.

We predict weather trends and events by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity.

There is some confusion about what our forecasts means, and it’s important to understand that our forecasts emphasize temperature and precipitation deviations from averages, or normals. These are based on 30-year statistical averages prepared by government meteorological agencies and updated every 10 years. The most recent tabulations span the period 1981 through 2010.”




By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 



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