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What is a Rainbow? | How Rainbows Form
What is a rainbow? Most everyone has seen a rainbow sometime in their life, but do you know how...
The First Snowflake Photographer, Wilson Bentley
Is there any truth to the old saw, “No two snowflakes are alike”? Wilson A. Bentley, a farmer and...
Reading the Weather: The Alphabet from Space
We’ve all gazed at the clouds, and seen different shapes such as animals or faces, right? Here’s a...
First Snow: Polish the Skis and Snowboards
November opened with cool temperatures and good snow in the West. That whoop you are hearing is all...
10 Myths About the Cold Weather
Can cold weather give you a cold? Do you lose most of your body heat through your head? Is a cup of...
Christmas Weather Forecast 2020: Will It Snow on Christmas?
Will it be a white Christmas this year? Will it snow for Christmas? Here is the 2020 Christmas...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in...
Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to...
How to Cut Back Perennials in Fall
How do you cut back perennials? Some can be cut down after the first killing frost; others can be...
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety
There’s hot summer weather—and then there are heat waves. Much like other natural disasters, heat...
What Are Sundogs? Rainbows Beside the Sun!
Ever seen a rainbow-colored patch of light on the side of the Sun? This is called a “sundog” (or “...
Predict the Temperature with Cricket Chirps
We all know the evening sound of a cricket. Did you know the number of cricket chirps report the...
Cloud Guide: Types of Clouds and Weather They Predict!
By observing clouds, you can often predict the incoming weather! See our Guide to Clouds with...
How Do Clouds Form?
Normally, our sky explorations involve the Moon and planets. But the practical effects on our lives...
Rare Cloud Formations and Cool Pictures
One of the enjoyable pastimes of weather addiction is cloud watching. Here are some rare and unsual...
Noctilucent Clouds: They Come From Outer Space!
They’re back! It’s noctilucent cloud season! Every summer, eerie electric-blue clouds ripple across...
How Snow Disappears Without Melting
Ever noticed how snow will disappear without melting? Even in sub-freezing weather, the frost on...
Windchill Chart for the United States
This updated Wind Chill Chart helps you understand how cold it “feels” outside—by combining the...
Are You Prepared for the Next Blizzard?
Are you really prepared for the next blizzard? Let’s check. Here are five easy ways to be better...
The Beauty and Benefits of Snow in the Garden
Whatever you may think of snow (and snow removal!), remember the old saying, “A good winter with...
Ice Thickness Safety Chart
How thick does ice have to be to drive a truck? Skate on? Go ice fishing? Before you go out, check ...
A Chance of Rain: What Does This Really Mean?
You’ve probably weather forecasts say “80% chance of rain.” What does this really mean? Probably...
Winter Weather Folklore
Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so than when it comes to the...
Ski and Snow Forecast 2020 From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Ski and Snow Forecast for winter 2019–2020 is out from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Sharpen your...
Keeping Your Plants Alive in Hot Weather
If your vegetable gardening is struggling in hot weather, we’ll show you how to help your stressed...
How to Measure Wind Speed: The Beaufort Wind Force Scale
Below is a wind chart, created in 1805 by Admiral Beaufort of the British Navy. Beaufort arranged...
2019 Summer Forecast: Hotter Temps Out West, Rain for Others
Summer officially begins this Friday, June 21, and it’s shaping up to be another hot one—for some...
UV Index Scale
The UV Index tells you how quickly your skin will burn without protection from the Sun. Check out...
What's Up With the Rain?
If you’ve found yourself thinking “rain, rain, go away,” you may not be the only one. Here’s a look...
Keeping Plants Watered in Dry, Hot Summers
Keeping your plants properly watered during dry, hot summers isn’t easy. Here are our tips to help...
10 Coldest Cities in the United States
What are the top 5 coldest cities in the United States? Here’s the list, based on average...
Temperature Conversion: Celsius to Fahrenheit
Looking to change Fahrenheit to Celsius or Celsius to Fahrenheit? Use our simple Celsius to...
A Wet, Shivery New Year's Eve to Ring in 2019
Whether you’re planning to ring in the new year at an outdoor celebration or in the comfort of your...
2018–2019 Winter Weather Forecast
Sunshine or snow? Be in the know! Read the official 2019 Winter Weather Forecast from North America...
Cold Fingers, Toes, and Nose? Watch for Cold Injuries
Many of us look forward to winter with its peaceful landscapes and fun in the snow. But winter also...
Frozen Stiff: A True Story of Winter Survival
Here’s a chilling true story to welcome winter, as well as five tips to keep yourself safe from...
Hot News About This Summer
July 2018 may have been the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, as several locations in the...
Rain Barrels in the Garden: Harvest Your Water
Summer’s a good time to assess what you could use in the garden. Consider the merits of a rain...
Hail Damage: Measuring Hailstorm Intensity
Why does it hail in the summer? How much damage can hail wreak? See our chart on hailstorm ...
2018 Summer Weather Forecast
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! What kind of weather can we expect this year?...
White Christmas Forecast 2017
Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list...
Can You Smell Rain Coming?
Have you ever wondered why we can smell the rain coming? My grandfather could even track squirrels...