Colder than last year, best cooking apple, sunspots

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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If we would enjoy ourselves, we must take the world as it is; mix it up and a thousand spots of sunshine, a cloud here and there, a bright sky, a storm today, calm tomorrow, the chill-piercing winds of autumn, and the bland, reviving air of summer.
–The 1854 Old Farmer's Almanac


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Cold Than Last Year

Winter Outlook 2017–2018: Colder Than Last Year
Overall, the long range winter forecast for 2017–2018 shows generally colder temperatures than last winter for the U.S. and Canada but not colder than a typical winter, based on historical averages. As I write these words, there are no sunspots on the visible portion of the Sun, and solar activity is very quiet; this traditionally meant a cooling influence. So why isn’t it colder than average? Other weather factors are at play.


Rakes Are So 20th-Century!

Spring is the time for planting and enjoying your backyard. Even after a thoughtful cleanup in the fall there are still leaves and trimmings which need attention. Echo trimmers and blowers are here to make that last activity easier so you can focus on planting those flowers.

Sunspot and Solar Cycle Update

What Are Solar Cycles, and How Do They Affect Weather?
What are solar cycles and sunspots—and what causes them? Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we believe that all weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet out into space, begins with the Sun. Here’s our quick solar cycle beginner’s guide to help you understand the basics of how our Sun’s 11-year solar cycle works.
Vintage Cast Iron Sun

Measures almost a foot across and is made using traditional sand-casting techniques. The weather-resistant finish allows it to be enjoyed outdoors or indoors. 

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Starting a School Garden

How to Start a School Garden
When kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to plan a school garden. Children who grow vegetables, eat vegetables. Here’s our advice on how to start a school garden—plus, a list of great garden plants.
Best Apples for Cooking

Best Apples for Baking and Cooking
Not all apples are ideal for cooking! Below is a chart with some of the best apples for baking and cooking—from apple pies and apple crisp to applesauce and cider.
Christmas Aprons

These aprons are 100% cotton for easy care and have bold holiday prints. Impress your guests! Supplies are limited.

Easy Bath and Body Care Recipes

Homemade Shampoos, Toothpaste, & Deodorant
We cook what we eat. So, why not try whipping up the products that get absorbed by your skin? Here are recipes for homemade toiletries including toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Using pantry ingredients, they’re safe, fun, and easy on the wallet!
Lemon Basil Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient.