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March 27, 2018

Did you know that the date of Easter—April 1 this year—is tied to the motions of the Moon? It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. Learn more! Easter and the Motions of the Moon Easter Sunday has a curious relationship with the Full Moon. It always falls on the Sunday after the first Full Moon of springtime. This is called the “Paschal Full Moon.” For simplicity’s sake, the Church set March 21 as the fixed date of spring (even though the equinox can fall on March 19 or 20). It... more

March 13, 2018

Plant a sunflower house! Having your sunflower tower is great for the birds and also just a fun activity to introduce kids to gardening. You’ll be blooming sprouts of sunshine in no time! With their colorful centers ringed with a crown of petals, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) may be the happiest flowers in the garden. They are guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days, whether planted in a long row along a fence or massed in a sunny border. If you have space in the yard—and in... more

February 27, 2018

New Year’s resolutions have a long history. Why do we have New Year’s resolutions? And how do we keep keep them? Here are 10 tips on making (and keeping) resolutions. History of New Year’s Resolutions Why do we have New Year’s resolutions? The New Year’s resolution tradition actually goes back to ancient times. The new year is a natural time to reflect and resolve to change or improve how we live our lives. In 2000 B.C., the Babylonians celebrated the New Year for 11 days (starting with the... more

February 20, 2018

What are the first signs of spring? For most of us, spring brings us many of our favorite things: birds, flowers, butterflies, warmer weather, and more sunlight.  Every year, I enjoy hearing what readers from different regions have to say! Even if it’s still winter, look carefully for signs that spring is indeed on its way. They may be subtle in some areas, but the signs are there. 1. Birds are singing! To me, my backyard birds are one of the best predictors. There is a weather proverb that... more

January 23, 2018

Are you ready to break out some delicious Super Bowl dip recipes for the big day? Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach dip, and more! Dip Tip: If having a party, tell your friends and family to bring the chips, while you take care of the dip! Super Bowl Dip Recipes Buffalo Chicken Dip  Spicy, chunky, and oh-so cheesy! Buffalo chicken dip is a natural addition to any Super Bowl party. See a video version of this recipe. Buffalo Chicken Dip. Photo by Becky ... more

January 8, 2018

January is for garden planning here at the Almanac. The weather outside may be frightful, but gardening begins in January with a dream. Planning Your Dream Garden Flowers in spring? Fresh salad in summer? Juicy fruit in fall? Bringing your dream to life starts with a garden plan.  We really encourage you to spend a few minutes drawing out your dream garden on your home computer. Harness Your Creative Side With the online Garden Planner, just use your “mouse” to draw out your growing area. Then... more

January 6, 2018

Cold much? Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits. No matter where you live, keeping warm is a basic need that we all share. Here are some tips—from both Almanac editors and readers—about how to stay warm. These aren’t “big” projects like buying a new heating system—just inexpensive, resourceful ways to help you warm up now! How to Keep Warm in Winter 1. Dress in layers Bundle up. Wear long underwear, sweaters, and even hats indoors. Remember the days of “sleeping caps... more

January 5, 2018

Snowshoes have come a long way since their origins some 7,000 years ago. Back then, it’s safe to guess that snowshoeing was not considered a leisure winter sport. In fact, without even researching it much, I can safely wager that snowshoes were made so that people could survive winter. You know: head out, forage for food, return home with a dead animal—also known as “dinner for the family.” Times have changed. And so have snowshoes. Originally, snowshoes were made from wood and rawhide.... more

December 13, 2017

Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite proverbs—including Christmas lore! Christmas Lore The weather on Christmas foretells the weather for the coming year. Green Christmas, white Easter. If windy on Christmas, trees will bring much fruit. If there is ice hanging on trees on Christmas day, there will be clover tall enough to cut by Easter.   Winter Lore Three white frosts and... more

December 4, 2017

Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list the areas in the U.S. and Canada where snow is predicted—and where it’s not. For many folks, a blanket of white on Christmas Day is picture-postcard perfect. In areas that do not normally see snow, a little chill in the air is usually welcome to set the festive mood. Keep in mind that our long range predictions for December are made many months in advance, but this should give you a general idea of... more

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