Leg cramps, growing plums, space weather

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

summer wheat

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand
–Henry S. Cornwell (1831–86)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
214th day of the year

Tim Wakefield (baseball player) was born on this day in 1966.
Francis "Frank" Gouin (plant physiologist) died on this day in 2018.


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Ease Leg Cramps

Leg Cramps at Night: Causes and Remedies
Eeow! Startled from a deep sleep, you suddenly come to with a shriek, as your calf, thigh, or maybe the arch of your foot contracts in violent pain. Commonly called a “Charley horse,” this is a common and painful occurence. Discover what causes leg cramps at night, as well as how you can prevent and relieve them.
Floral Butterfly Garden Stake

Complement those gorgeous flowers in your garden with this fun garden stake. This hand-painted beauty stands out in the sun with bright colors and metallic paint for an eye-catching finish that glistens. The perfect addition to your backyard oasis!
All About Crickets

Pet Crickets and Cricket Facts
Have you ever considered having a chirping cricket as a house pet? Here are some facts and tips for creating a happy atmosphere for a pet cricket in your home.
When is the Solar Minimum?

Space Weather: Sunspots, Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections
Here at the Almanac, we have long believed that solar activity can influence weather patterns here on Earth. Sunspot counts are at an almost 10-year low. Learn more about our Sun—from sunspots to solar flares to coronal mass ejections—and why it all matters.
Almanac Hummingbird Thermometer

Retro design resembles a vintage advertising thermometer. Made in the USA.
Picking Plums

Plums! They’re ready to pick from late August to early September in most regions. Ever thought about growing plums? Less demanding than most fruit trees, plums are a great choice for beginner gardeners. They’re compact and prolific producers and add beauty to your backyard. Plus, plums are delicious cooked in jams and cakes or eaten right out of hand! 
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 
Asters Purple

Asters: Stars of the Fall Garden
Summer is winding down but the asters are just getting started, adding splashes of lavender, purple, and pink to the fall garden.
Large Rustic Daisy Flower Stake

Bring a bit of the countryside to your outdoor decor with our Rustic Flower Stakes. This floral beauty is crafted from metal and hand-painted for a weathered look. Standing almost 4 feet high, it can be displayed alone or complemented with other rustic flowers.