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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

The Blizzard of OZ

The Blizzard of OZ

There is nothing like a huge snowstorm to remind you that it is still winter. The Northeast got walloped earlier this month, and again over the last few days, but last week took its toll on Kansas City. Jo-an Lantz is one of my most traveled associates. She bops around the country, and the world, on business at a fast clip. Fast until she arrived in Kansas City last Wednesday, that is. As she arrived she learned that her flight out would be cancelled the following day, and she would be stranded in town at least overnight. Sometimes you just can’t rush Mother Nature.

Kansas City averages about 20” of a snow for a winter — so they do get some white. But, February will usually get 4.5”. But last week they got over a foot of snow, with it coming down at a torrid pace of 3” per hour. So, Jo-an has shared a few pictures from around her hotel. You don’t have to live in Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, or Maine to enjoy snow. The Midwest is a winter wonderland for now.

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.