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Canadian Farmers’ Almanac Releases its Stormy Fall Outlook

Lewsiton, Maine — After a summer of some of the most extreme weather in recent history, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac’s long-range forecast for the coming fall will fill some with relief, and others with dread.

With the Autumnal Equinox about to take place on Friday, September 23, 2011, at 5:04 a.m., EDT, the 195-year-old publication is calling for stormy, wet conditions for the eastern two thirds of the country, and cooler but dry conditions to the west.

According to the 2012 edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, which went on sale late last month, October will bring a succession of thunderstorms to the East Coast, including two tropical disturbance threats for Newfoundland, one at the beginning of the month, and one near the end of the month.

Thanksgiving weekend is expected to bring rain to Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Gusty winds will move through the Prairies and British Columbia, while clear skies shine over Newfoundland. Halloween could scare up some wet snow over the Laurentian Plateau and in the Great Lakes region, and showers eat of the Rockies. Elsewhere, the weather should be a treat.

As early autumn gives way to the holiday season, the opening days of November will bring clear, but chilly, weather to much of Canada, with possible snow over Newfoundland. Ontario and the Maritimes should have pleasant conditions for Remembrance Day, while British Columbia and the Prairie provinces could see some snow. The rest of November is forecast to be mostly rainy and cold, with a few fair days thrown into the mix.

The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac warns that December will begin with fair skies to the East, and showers to the west. Heavy snow will fall on the Eastern Half of the country during the second week of the month, dumping as much as 40 centimeters over the prairie provinces, and up to 30 over Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Along the Pacific coast, brutal wind and rain will tighten their hold.

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.