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Groundhog Day 2021
Groundhog Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 2! This curious holiday comes from our...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
Predicting Weather with a Wishbone
Can you really predict weather with a wishbone? Back around the turn of the last century, in the...
St. Nicholas Day 2020
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Can Cats Predict Weather Changes?
What is the origin of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”? Can cats predict if thunderstorm is on...
Indian Summer: What, Why, and When?
In the fall, it seems that almost any warm day is referred to by most people as an “Indian summer...
Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
Woolly bear caterpillars—also called woolly worms—have a reputation for being able to forecast the...
Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed
According to traditional weather folklore, you can predict winter weather with a persimmon seed....
Full Moon for September 2020
The full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon! (This year, the Harvest Moon will be in...
Full Moon for July 2020
Forget the fireworks! This year, watch the full Buck Moon rise on the 4th of July instead! Find out...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
Full Moon for April 2020
April’s full Moon rises on the night of Tuesday, April 7. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
What does each flower symbolize? Which flowers represent love, hope, healing, loss, and good luck?...
Weather Sayings and Their Meanings
Ever heard the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight”? Long before meteorologists reported...
Winter Weather Lore: Observing Nature's Signs
What winter weather is in store for us? Our ancestors lived close to the land and by observing the...
Phenology in the Garden: Planting by Nature's Signs
For centuries, gardeners took their cues for planting times from nature—a technique called...
How to Sleep Better and Stop Snoring
If you are suffering from insomnia or sleep deprivation, simply can’t sleep, or are snoring, you...
Bottle Trees: Mystical Color for the Garden
When Greg Grant, then a Texas A&M University Extension agent, told me about bottle trees and...
The Legend of the Black Box and The Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Forecasts
The secret to our weather forecasts has been speculated on for some time. Is weather folklore the...
Left-Hander's Day: August 13
August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even...
Old-Fashioned Views on How Appearance Determined Personality
Judging by this document published in Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1816, a bushy eyebrow shows you...
Folklore of Cocks, Cockcrows, and Weathercocks
The cock has stood as a symbol of folklore for centuries, is a main facet on weathervanes, and has...
Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an...
Fun Facts and Myths About Hair
Curious about your crowning glory? Here are some fun facts and myths about hair, including hair...
A History of Switchel
Switchel, or haymaker’s punch, is an old-fashioned summer drink that carries great history. This...
How To Have A Baby
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby...
Holiday Folklore and Facts
You may know about the major holidays but here are some facts, folklore, and traditions to...