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Volcanoes: How to Measure...
How do we determine the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption? Traditionally, the
Volcanic Explosivity Index
(VEI) helps us measure volcano activity in order...
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La Nada in the Pacific: A Whole Lot of Nothing
La Niña, that trouble-making cold spot in the Pacific, is gone and now we are being told to brace...
Wildfires—When the World Ends in Fire
This week the air is filled with smoke. I am over 200 miles from the huge Wallow wildfire in...
Boom! The Eruption of Grímsvötn Volcano
Volcanoes such as Grímsvötn are nature’s wildcard. First there is the fiery eruption , followed by...
Drought in the South
While the Mississippi floods grab the headlines, Texas and the South are baking in a drought. Crops...
Spring 2011: Floods and Droughts
Most springs bring April showers and May flowers. This year, springtime has brought floods,...
Yikes! Record-breaking Tornado Activity
There were an estimated 305 tornadoes that swirled through the South in late April—a new record....
Few things in creation are as terrifying as a tornado. A list of weather statistics can never...
On April 11, the Japanese government raised the Fukushima nuclear accident level from five to seven...
Ding, Dong, the Drought is Dead!
On March 30, the Jerry Brown, the new governor of California, announced that the state’s three-year...
March: Out Like a Lion
According to weather folklore, a stormy March that comes roaring in will meekly leave with sunshine...
La Niña's Goodbye Gift: Springtime Floods and Droughts
In Spanish, La Niña means “Little Girl”. Don’t let the cute name fool you. La Niña is one cold...
Earthquakes and Weather
This week I’ve been asked a number of questions about earthquakes and weather. Is there “earthquake...
Storm in the Salad Bowl
Mother Nature has had a lot of people stewing. This year, the stormy 2011 winter weather has been...
Myth-Busting: Blizzards, Bergs, and Other Urban Legends
Have you heard the latest urban legends? A “Biblical blizzard” buried the hearty citizens of North...
Space Weather: Big Solar Storms And Itty-Bitty Earth
If a scientist tells you sunny days are ahead – duck and cover! He may be talking about space...
When, Oh When, Will La Niña End?
La Niña is still strong and still here. Expect more cold stormy blizzards. Ugh! When will winter...
La Niñas, Arctic Oscillations, and Blizzards, Oh My!
Welcome to Weather Math 101. Today’s equation: 1 Strong La Niña + 1 Insane Arctic Oscillation = 1...
El Niño and the Groundhog – Science and Folklore
Groundhog Day is coming! Will the groundhog see his shadow? If we were in the middle of an El Niño...
La Niña and Your Grocery Bill
This winter’s weather is being shaped by two enormous weather patterns—La Niña and the Arctic...
Blame the Arctic Oscillation!
The Arctic Oscillation has many aliases. In California, it is the Yukon Express, the cold northern...
An explosive grenade is nicknamed a pineapple. A recent storm that clobbered California is...
The Facts Behind the Folklore: Weather Proverbs
Almanac readers love weather proverbs. Are they fact or fiction? Find out in this free sample...
Weather by the Moon
See the below Weather by the Moon calendar showing what sort of weather will probably follow the...
Predicting Weather Using a Barometer and Wind Direction
Use a barometer to forecast wind direction and the character of upcoming weather. Here are some...
How To Measure Hail
Check out our chart for how to measure hail, using the Torro Hailstorm Intensity Scale. Hail falls...
15 Deadliest Tornadoes in U.S. History
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes give little warning and strike suddenly. Here are the top 15 deadliest...
Cooking Resources: Cooking Measurement Conversion, Ingredient Substitution, and More
Do you have a recipe that calls for a pottle of milk? How about a pinch of salt? The Old Farmer’s...
How to Measure Earthquakes
Wondering how earthquakes are measured? Seismologists have developed a new measurement of...
Earthquake Questions and Answers
Shake, rattle, and roll! In this short article, we answer common earthquake questions and answers...
Blog: Wild Winter Weather
Winter of 2010 sure brought some wild weather! Did you experience any unusual weather this winter?...
Winter Photo and Video Contest
Enjoy the winning pictures from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Photo Contest. Don’t Almanac...
The Case for a Cool Climate
The science of forecasting solar cycles is nascent, burgeoning, and inexact. For example,...
How Oceans Chill the Air
Ocean temperatures are not constant. They vary from predominantly warm to predominantly cold over...
How Solar Goes Polar
Our Sun is a variable star. Its most notable variables are brightness, or irradiance; eruptive...
Is Global Warming on the Wane?
Some scientists believe that an extreme cooling episode, potentially a mini-ice age, is imminent....
Honeybees and Climate Change
Bees, plants, and weather are all interrelated. Is honeybee pollination moving earlier each year?...
Love to watch the weather? Watch live weather cams across the United States and Canada! See current...
How We Make Our long range weather Forecast
Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, our long range weather forecasts are traditionally 80 percent...
The Water-Wise Garden
Plants drink their food. If your soil dries out, your plants will starve—or wilt. Take these steps...
Did Weather Change History?
Here are seven occasions when weather may have changed the course of American history. If it hadn...
Hurricane Tracking Maps
Stay on top of hurricanes as they happen from the comfort of your own home using these tracking...
Rain Barrels: Harvest Your Water!
It is hard to argue against the merits of a large rain barrel positioned to catch rainfall,...
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