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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...
Where the Snow Goes
Let’s talk about winter air. Ever noticed that if you have frost on your car, it will probably be...
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...
10 Myths About the Cold
Can cold weather give you a cold? Do you lose most of your body heat through your head? Is a cup of...
The First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice 2017
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Thursday, December 21, 2017. This is the...
Winter Weather Lore
Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the...
The Beauty and Benefits of Snow in the Garden
We finally had our first snow of the season. Whatever you may think of snow (and snow removal!), ...
White Christmas Forecast 2017
Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list...
Windchill Chart for the United States
Consult the Windchill Temperature Chart below to avoid severe winter conditions that could cause...
A Costly Year: The Damaging Weather of 2017
With wildfires, hurricanes, drought, and natural disasters, this year has been by far the costliest...
Can You Smell Rain Coming?
Have you ever wondered why we can smell the rain coming? My grandfather could even track...
Ice Thickness Safety Chart
Before you head out to the local pond for some skating or ice fishing, check out our ice thickness...
Get Your Perennials Ready for Winter
Prepare your perennials for winter! Most perennials can be cut down after the first killing frost;...
The Cooling Effect of the Sun
As Earth continues to warm, lower solar radiation may ease the heat’s impact—temporarily. Let’s...
2018 Winter Weather Forecast
Will this winter be wicked or wonderful? Read the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2018 Winter Weather...
Winter Outlook 2017–2018: Colder Than Last Year
Overall, the long range winter forecast for 2017–2018 shows generally colder temperatures than last...
Houseplant Growing Tips
Houseplants can add color and beauty to your home! Here are a few key growing tips for houseplants...
Frost Dates Chart for United States
What are the frost dates for spring and fall in your area? See our U.S. frost dates chart, below,...
Frost Dates Chart for Canada
What are the frost dates for spring and fall in your area? See our Canadian frost dates chart,...
Types of Clouds
By observing clouds, you can often predict the incoming weather. Clouds are classified by their...
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...
Predict Temperature with Cricket Chirps
Did you know that you can tell the temperature by counting the chirps of a cricket? It’s true! Here...
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 3 – Meet the Newest Clouds
As I’ve mentioned before, twelve new cloud types were announced this past year. Some of the most...
Summer Weather Forecast
We bring you the 2017 Summer Weather Forecast summary for the U.S. and Canada. When we released The...
UV Index Chart: Time to Burn
The UV Index chart tells you how quickly you will burn your skin without protection so that you can...
Temperature Conversion Celsius to Fahrenheit
Looking to change Fahrenheit to Celsius or Celsius to Fahrenheit? Use our Celsius to Fahrenheit...
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 2 – Meet the Newest Clouds
My last post celebrated cloud lovers and how they shook the science world with their cell phones....
Phoning in New Clouds: Part 1
Reach into your pocket and you will find the newest weather instrument—your cell phone. Thanks to...
St. Patrick's Day and Double Rainbows
It’s time to celebrate being Irish (or pseudo-Irish) and look for that pot of gold waiting for you...
Winter Weather Terms
Know your winter weather terms. Sometimes meteorological terms can be hard to decipher, so find out...
Signs of a Cold Winter 2016–2017
For winter 2016–2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the...
Signs of a Cold Winter 2017
For winter 2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the United...
The Coldest Day of the Year?
It’s December—time for the longest night of the year. With so little warming sunlight, it will be...
2016-2017 long range weather Forecast for U.S. and Canada
The 2016-2017 long range weather weather forecast summary for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The...
Mushroom Cloud of Doom?
Does this cloud look like a mushroom in the sky? It appeared over Russia last month and had locals...
Low Solar Activity and Other Weather Factors
Low solar activity usually leads to cooler weather, but other historical trends and factors like El...
Shifting Clouds: Retreating Toward the Poles
Recent satellite data shows that clouds have been retreating toward the poles, and that they’re...
A Wintery Summer: Snow In July
You might not believe it, but it snowed in four states this July! While summer snow in Alaska is...
Summer Heat Wave of 1936
Eighty years ago as of July 2016, a blistering heat wave hit the eastern seaboard. We may complain...
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