The Almanac's Forecast Reputation

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Robert B Thomas

To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we’re looking through our archives to bring you 225 pieces of wit, wisdom, and fun in a series we’re calling Almanac Treasures (see more of them here).

Mr. Thomas’ reputation as a weather-predicting authority comes from an apocryphal tale in 1815…Ill in bed, hounded by a printer’s apprentice to finish the weather proofs for the next Almanac, when asked for the weather forecast for July 15, 1816, said, ‘anything at all, just leave me alone.’ Consequently, the printer’s boy returned with a report that July 15 would see “rain, hail, and snow.” Thomas attempted to stop the release of these pages, but a few escaped him, and when July 15 did return in line with his apparent prophecy in ‘The Year without a Summer,’ his reputation was sealed.

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America and Her Almanacs

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