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Summer Will Sizzle, Predicts Farmers’ Almanac

PRESS RELEASE
DATE: May 24, 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

Summer Will Sizzle, Predicts Farmers’ Almanac

LEWISTON, Maine — After the past year’s exceptionally hot, dry summer and lackluster winter across most of the United States and Canada, the Farmers’ Almanac has revealed predictions for another extreme summer.

“Get out your sunscreen! We’re in for a scorcher,” warns Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger, Philom.

For the coming summer, the 195-year-old publication is predicting ¬unseasonably hot and dry weather will be on tap for the Rockies and Great Plains, as well as the eastern states, while the Pacific Northwest will see below-normal precipitation.

On the other side of the coin, the Great Lakes and the Midwest are expected to see above-normal precipitation from locally heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Across the Southeast the Farmers’ Almanac is calling for typical summer weather, complete with oppressively high humidity, very warm-to-hot temperatures and the ongoing threat of pop-up showers and thunderstorms, particularly in the late afternoons and evenings. The Southwest should also experience normal summer weather: hot and mainly dry, save for the seasonal monsoon showers and scattered thunderstorms over the deserts.

“Look for a hot spell just about everywhere in late June, with temperatures soaring into the 100s in many areas, followed by stormy weather that will hopefully cool things down,” says Geiger.

The heat will remain turned up across North America in July, with unsettled conditions, thunderstorms, and another exceptional heat wave toward the middle of the month.

Temperatures are expected to stay high moving into August, with more thunderstorms, except in the plains states, where things should stay relatively dry.

The Farmers’ Almanac bases its long-range weather forecasts on a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula that figures in sunspot activity, tidal action, the position of the planet in relation to the Sun, as well as a number of other factors. Faithful readers of the Farmers’ Almanac estimate that its annual weather forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time. For more information about weather, astronomy, and the best days for planting, fishing and more, pick up a copy of the 2011 Farmers’ Almanac or visit on the Web at www.farmersalmanac.com

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