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What's in Store for Thanksgiving?
What kind of weather’s in store for the big Thanksgiving weekend? Check the Almanac’s
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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...
Volcanoes: How to Measure Volcanic Eruptions
See how to measure volcanic eruptions based on The Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI). Volcanic...
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...
How to Measure Tornadoes: The EF Scale
The EF Scale (below) is the standard way to measure tornadoes based on wind damage. The original...
Rain Garden Design: Plants for Sun, Plants for Shade
With a rain garden, use—don’t lose—the water that falls on your paved areas and roof. Here are two...
Rain Barrels: Harvest Your Water!
It is hard to argue against the merits of a large rain barrel positioned to catch rainfall,...
El Niño and La Niña
El Niño and La Niña are two faces of a large weather phenomenon. Here are a few questions and...
Windchill Chart for Canada
Consult the Windchill Chart below to avoid severe cold—and frostbite. Also, see the tips below on...
Its easy to tell when it's sticky outside: You have to peel yourself off vinyl car seats and...
How to Measure Hurricane Strength: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This...
Tornadoes: Questions and Answers
At The Old Farmer's Almanac, readers often ask us about tornadoes. Here are the most common...
Predicting Weather with a Pig Spleen
Have you ever heard of a pig spleen being able to predict the weather? You can call it folklore—but...
How to Measure Wind Speed: The Beaufort Wind Force Scale
Below is a wind chart, created by Admiral Beaufort. Beaufort arranged the numbers 0 to 12 to...
Predicting Blizzards: Model Misbehavior
Think blizzard and heavy snowfall comes to mind. Officially, however, the deadly winter storm is...
Predicting Tornadoes: Off the Radar Screen
The tornado is one of the most powerful, yet elusive, forces on Earth,” says John Hart, a senior...
World-Class Weather Blunders
There are many weather blunders—some are world-class! Here are three examples of how computers...
Predicting Hurricanes: The Eyes Have It
Until the telegraph was invented in 1844, news of approaching hurricanes arrived just ahead of...
Droughts: Questions and Answers
Droughts can have long-standing effects on populations and economies. Here are questions and...
Predicting Weather: The Art, Science, and Accident
Weather forecasts are literally at our fingertips each day, and it is understood that weather is a...
Famous Earthquakes in History
Alaska's “Good Friday” Earthquake At 10:36 p.m., March 27, 1964 one hour and ten minutes after...
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