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Farmers’ Almanac Names 10 Cities Weather Shuts Down

FARMERS’ ALMANAC
PRESS RELEASE

DATE: September 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor – 207-755-2246 – pgeiger@farmersalmanac.com

Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor -207-755-2349 – sduncan@farmersalmanac.com

Farmers’ Almanac Names 10 Cities Weather Shuts Down

Lewiston, Maine — Washington, D.C. tops a list of ten cities where weather can bring things to a screeching halt, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. The dubious honor appears in the article “Ten Cities Where Weather Can Shut Down Everyday Life,” printed in the 195-year-old publication’s 2012 edition, released last week.

“The idea that weather can shut down cities for hours if not days in the 21st century is really something,” notes Farmers’ Almanac editor, Peter Geiger.

“It proves that, despite all of our technology, the weather remains one thing none of us can control.”

Rounding out the list of cities named among the worst winter locales are Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Buffalo.

This list included only cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Rather than highlighting cities based on the severity of their weather — as the publication has done in the past — the Farmers’ Almanac editors were most interested in singling out cities where residents are most likely to be overwhelmed by extreme weather when it does hit. In some cases, cities are included because extreme weather is so infrequent that they are inadequately prepared. Others made the list for the opposite reason; their weather is so intense that no amount of preparation is enough.

“Being prepared for really bad weather is a must in this day and age, but even with the advance warnings, there are still some weather events that close almost everything down. This list proves that. You may be surprised at which cities made the list,” said Geiger

The full story, detailing the Farmers’ Almanac staff’s reasons for selecting each of the ten cities is available both in the print edition of the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac and online at www.FarmersAlmanac.com.

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