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Farmers’ Almanac Forewarns of CLIME AND PUNISHMENT


DATE: August 23, 2011
FOR RELEASE: August 29, 2011

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor 207-755-2246 –

Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor, 207-755-2349 –

Hurricanes, Wild Winter Storms, Droughts, Now What?
Farmers’ Almanac Forewarns of CLIME AND PUNISHMENT

LEWISTON, Maine — After a wild year of roller coaster weather–record snowfalls, flooding, droughts, and extreme bouts of heat–the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac is rolling out its newest edition and its long-range winter outlook. According to this 195-year-old weather-predicting publication, the winter of 2011-12 will be one of “Clime and Punishment,” which means some parts of the country will get a very frigid winter; while others will be on tap for lots of rain and snow.

The Farmers’ Almanac, which bases its long-range weather forecast on a mathematical and astronomical (and top secret) formula, predicts a very cold winter for the Northern Plains, parts of the Northern Rockies, and the western Great Lakes. In contrast, the Farmers’ Almanac’s outlook also calls for above-normal temperatures across most of the southern and eastern U.S., and near-normal temperatures in the Midwest, the Far West, and southern Florida.

The “punishment” will come from the precipitation. The 2012 Farmers’ Almanac warns that this winter will see a very active storm track, which will bring much heavier-than-normal precipitation from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Because of above-normal temperatures, much of the precipitation will likely be rain or mixed precipitation, although, during February, some potent East Coast storms could leave behind heavy snow, naturally of a wet and slushy consistency.

Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest will once again see a wetter-than-normal winter, and the Southwest and Southeast will have a drier-than-normal one.

In addition to the weather forecast, the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac also includes the Almanac’s picks for the “Top Ten Cities Where Weather Can Shut Down Everyday Life,” which names some cities that you may not expect. And for those who would prefer to learn how to predict the weather themselves, there’s a story on how to use clouds to predict the weather.

But the Farmers’ Almanac isn’t just about the weather. It’s about living smart. The 2012 Farmers’ Almanac provides tons of tips, articles, and ideas on ways to get back to basics and live a more resourceful lifestyle. “The need for a more sustainable, healthy, and affordable lifestyle continues to grow as does the need for the Farmers’ Almanac to share its wisdom, tips, and ideals,” reveals Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor, adding “and in this crazy economy the need to live life a bit more wisely is not just a desire but a dire need.”

Some of this new edition’s must-read articles include: “How to Have a Nice Yard Without Going Broke,” “Alternative Heating Options: What’s Best,” “Learn How to Can and Freeze,” plus healthy living topics, such as natural itch relief and eating whole foods to beat the winter doldrums; and, of course, tons of the tips, trivia, and wit and wisdom that you can only find in the Farmers’ Almanac.

The 2012 Farmers’ Almanac officially hits the store shelves August 29, 2011, and can be accessed online at and on Facebook and Twitter.


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.