Geminids peak tonight!, it's Friday the 13th, Christmas weather lore

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 13, 2019


Nothing, no one, is too small to matter.
What you do is going to make a difference.

–Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007)

December 13: St. Lucia's Day

Friday, December 13, 2019
See births, deaths, and events in history.

Country Calendar
Geminids Peak Tonight!

Geminids 2019: How to See the Geminid Meteor Shower December 13
The most active meteor shower of the year peaks the night of Friday, December 13. These are the Geminids, the sky’s “Old Faithful.” Their trustworthy, one‑a‑minute frequency has created reliable December sparklers for the past century.


11 Holiday Gift Ideas Gardeners Will Love

If you have someone on your holiday gift list who loves gardening, we have made gift planning a little easier. This year Jung Seed has created a special holiday gift guide full of fun, creative ideas your gardener will love.
Telecommunications and Weather

How Teleconnections Affect the Weather (And Our Forecast)
What can we look forward to weatherwise over the next several months? Almanac meteorologist Michael Steinberg explains a few of the factors that go into our forecasts and predicts how well our forecast will hold up.
Colorful Cell Phone Purses

Hot gift! Just the right size for your phone, cash, identification, and a few cards.
Christmas and Winter Lore

Winter Weather Folklore
Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so than when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite proverbs—including Christmas lore!
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook eBook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference eBook for your computer or tablet that includes all of our expertise.
Yummy Holiday Food Gifts

Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas
Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery Shortbread Cookies to Christmas Fruitcake to an easy Bûche de Nöel.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Nicely illustrated page-a-day desk calendar that makes a great stocking stuffer! Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.
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It's Friday the 13th!

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is Friday, November 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad luck? What is the meaning of Friday the 13th and how did this superstition even begin? Find out—and enjoy fun freaky facts!
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! 
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