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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

DayLight Saving Time

Another year and we are already approaching Daylight Saving Time. At 2am on Sunday, March 8th, we “spring forward”. So before you go to bed Saturday night, move your clock ahead. We credit good ‘ole Ben Franklin with the concept of creating more daylight in the evening. At one time it was used to help farmers work later and then as an energy saver. Today, I doubt that we save much fuel, but it is a symbolic move toward Spring and warmer days ahead.
 
Since we do our weather 2 years in advance, we have become a valued resource for brides-to-be for their wedding day weather. In the 2008 & 2009  editions we shared the winners of our worst wedding weather contest. But, my day is truly made when I hear that we nailed  a specific wedding event. here is one happy bride:
 
“Hi there!  I planned my wedding by your forecast last summer.  8-8-08 was a beautiful evening for a wedding at 8:08 p.m.  My new hubby got me the wrong Almanac for Christmas – The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
I don’t know if there’s any relationship there but I don’t like the way the weather is written up in it.
Last week it had our weather here all wrong!  Being from the Cleveland Ohio area, I pray for snow around here and the Old Farmer’s Almanac didn’t give a hint.  But last year, my orange Farmers’ Almanac was right on target!!  Love it….love how it’s written…the info….the humor….just love it.  Can you tell me the difference?    I get a newsletter and I think it’s from Farmers’ Almanac.    I want to “streamline” my allegiance here.  Please forgive me if there is a relationship between the two and I’ve stepped on toes but I really do like the Farmers’ Almanac better than the Old Farmer’s Almanac.   Keep up the great work!”
 
Thanks. And yes, there are  different  almanacs titles  – very few compared to the hundreds that existed in the 1700s and 1800s. But there is a vast difference between us – Farmers’ Almanac &  the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It  is more than the color of the cover. We are orange and they are yellow. We both try to be true to our origins and hope that the way we present  material is both useful and enjoyable as you live your life in a somewhat confusing world. And, if you catch a Farmers’ Almanac Television Show , that is also us.
 
Move your clocks forward and have a good (one hour shorter) weekend.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.