It’s a question on the minds of many farmers and non-farmers a like, what does this winter hold in store for the Northwest?
For many, they turn to the publication that’s been accurately predicting the weather for over two hundred years. Sarah Perrault with the Old Farmers Almanac told the Washington Ag Network Robert B. Thomas published the first almanac in 1792, as a way to help fellow farmers plan from year to year. But as the accuracy became well known, she says the Almanac grew in popularity. Perrault said the Old Farmers Almanac remained a staple even when the demographics of American ag changed and many left the farm.
“They always took the Almanac with them. So, it was a source of comfort, if you’re away from your family. And of course today, we consider anybody a farmer if you’re growing vegetables in your backyard or maybe raising chickens. We’ll call you a farmer.”
In addition to the long range weather forecast, the Old Farmers Almanac has cooking tips, home craft ideas, articles focused on astronomy and American history.
As far as the winter of 2017-2018 is concerned?
“Winter is going to be a little bit colder than normal with slightly below normal precipitation, but above normal snow. So, you’ll be less wet, but more snowy over the winter.”
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