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Seasonal Forecast

Almanac Winter Weather Forecast

Brrr! The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac comes with a winter warning: Prepare for a “Season of Shivers.”

Weather History

Today is Day 17 of 2022

61 days until spring begins

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Upcoming Holidays

Full Wolf Moon

Burns Night

Question of the Day

Is it true that Benjamin Franklin invented an odometer?
Yes. While Franklin (1706-90) was postmaster in Philadelphia, he created an odometer to measure postal route distances and attached the contraption to his carriage. However, other inventors preceded him.

Roman engineer Vitruvius (1st century B.C.) once described an odometer. He is generally credited as the first inventor, although some historians believe that the actual creator was Greek scientist Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.). 1st century Greek scientist Heron (aka Hero) of Alexandria also described an odometer in his work Dioptra. Chinese scholar Zhang (aka Chang) Heng (78-139 A.D.), invented an odometer, as well. French scientist Blaise Pascal (1623-62) came up with an odometer prototype called the Pascaline, and English engineer Thomas Savery (c.1650-1715) invented an odometer for ships.

Word of the Day

Boondoggle
Work of little or no value done merely to look busy.

Puzzle of the Day

How does the transposition of the parts of a word express the difference between a welcome and a wish for your departure?
Wel-fare and fare-well.

Next Full Moon

Watch for January's Full Wolf Moon!

Sunrise and Sunset

Also, see moon rise and visible planets for your area.

Planting Calendar

Gardening for Everyone

Learn How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Find our FREE online series of step-by-step guides! Think of it as a “Gardening 101” masterclass with your trusted Almanac gardening experts as your teachers. Learn more!