Current Moon Phase

Waxing Crescent
26% of full

Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Trifecta of Weather Forecasting

You may recall that when we released our 2014 edition last August, all of the talk related around our stormy prediction surrounding the first ever  SuperBowl game played in an outdoor, cold area stadium. The snow did come as predicted  (spared the event),  but I’d like to point out that we frequently make mention in the Farmers’ Almanac pages about other major sporting events that can be impacted by weather. This includes the Daytona 500, Indy 500 and the three horse races  in the Triple Crown.

We stand two for two at the moment.

#1. The Kentucky Derby has prided itself in never canceling a race in 140 years. It is the “race that always runs.” We said “stormy days and wet weather. Showers may linger in Louisville for Derby Day.” Sure enough they ran the race on a muddy track.

#2. Preakness — The race was held on May 17th.  It was extremely wet the prior day throughout the Northeast, but on Saturday it was bright and sunny.  (From the Farmers’ Almanac: May 16-19: Skies gradually clear; milder temperatures.  A dry track for the Preakness.)

#3. Belmont Stakes —Are you making wagers on the weather that day? We are calling for rainy/thundery/damp & cool weather for next month’s Belmont Stakes. Now that California Chrome will be shooting to become the first Triple Crown winner in many years, and a muddy track “might” be a factor, maybe it will impact the outcome.

If Caleb nails the third race, it will be our version of a weather trifecta. Stay tuned for the results on June 7th.


1 Susan Higgins { 06.14.14 at 2:49 pm }

Sadly, Chrome didn’t make history but it was not due to anything weather related – he simply got squeezed in the first furlong and had nowhere to go. If only we could have predicted how his owner was going to put his foot in his mouth post-race, we could have warned him (laugh)!

Leave a Comment

Note: Comments that further the discussion of the above content are likely to be approved. Those comments that are vague or are simply submitted in order to promote a product, service or web site, although not necessarily considered "spam," are generally not approved.

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.