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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Hot, Wet Summer

PRESS RELEASE
DATE: June 20, 2013
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 Predicts Hot, Wet Summer

LEWISTON, Maine — After the two exceptionally hot, dry summers across most of the United States and Canada, the Farmers’ Almanac predictions the coming season may come as a relief for some.

Friday, June 21, at 1:04 a.m., is the summer solstice, marking the astronomical start of the summer season.

While the 197-year-old publication is predicting hotter than normal temperatures this summer across much of the country, the exceptionally dry weather that parched the plains states and southwest should be behind us. Only the Northeastern U.S. and the West Coast are predicted to see dryer than normal conditions.

With the exception of New England and the Northern half of the Mid-Atlantic region, the Eastern half of the U.S. will see some very hot weather with normal amounts of precipitation. This area will extend from the Ontario, down through the Eastern portion of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma (excluding the panhandle) and northeastern Texas down to Florida and the southern East Coast.

In the Rockies and Southwestern States, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting average summer temperatures and rainfall, bringing some much needed relief to areas that had been baked by drought conditions. Along the West Coast, the publication warns to look for warm and dryer than normal conditions, which could signal a dangerous season for wildfires in Southern California.

The Farmers’ Almanac expects the opening days of summer to be very hot in most regions, with storms in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions and lighter showers elsewhere, whereas July is expected to be oppressively hot in many areas, with numerous thunderstorms in most regions.

“The heat will definitely be on this summer! We expect a few distinct heat waves, spaced throughout the season, to punish much of the country,” warns Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger.

As August opens, the scorching heat is expected to peak, with temperatures well into the 100s predicted for the entire East Coast. Elsewhere, conditions are also expected to be hazy, hot, and humid. Toward the middle of the month, Southeastern states could see some tropical storm activity, followed by another cyclone threat toward the end of the month. Elsewhere, the opening days of the month will be dry, with conditions turning wetter a few weeks in.

Showers are expected to dampen Labor Day festivities in most regions. Only the West Coast will be dry that weekend. Rainy weather will retain its hold through early September, as summer turns to fall.

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, or advice on how to stay cool during the heat of summer, visit www.farmersalmanac.com

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