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Like snow? Count the number of fogs.

Like snow? Count the number of fogs.

According to folklore, “For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall.”

More August folklore includes:

“If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.”

“If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry.”

While many of us in the 21st century may think weather lore is more whimsical that wise, it’s hard to discount all of these “natural forecasters,” especially when they prove to be true. But how could a saying that’s been passed down from sailor to farmer to business executive really predict the weather?!

While not all weather lore is accurate, there are many sayings that prove to be on the mark time and time again. When you examine weather lore, you realize that the basics of this weather predicting method are careful observations that have been made over many years. Weather lore relies on the notion that there is a strong cause-and-effect relationship between nature and the weather.

A weather lore forecaster takes cues from nature at the time he or she needs to know what the weather is going to be like. It is more of a short-term forecast for a specific area, rather than a long-term forecast for broad areas.

What about the Farmers’ Almanac’s Forecast?

Here at the Farmers’ Almanac, we acknowledge and appreciate weather lore, but do not use it when we make our long-range weather predictions. We don’t count acorns or fogs. We have a mathematical and astronomical formula that has proven to be quite accurate.

In a few weeks, the 2011 officially  Farmers’ Almanac goes on sale. In this newest edition, we will release what our WINTER WEATHER FORECAST is calling for.

Will it be warm or cold?
We cannot give you the details just yet, but we will tell you that it’s a very interesing one . . .

More to come — stay tuned or order your copy of the 2011 Farmers’ Almanac and get an entire year’s worth of weather predictions in one book!


1 Joe Kyzer { 08.14.14 at 8:44 am }

I have forgotten to count the foggy mornings in August as I have a lot of drama in the last 4 months. Heart attacks and pacemaker installed. How many foggy mornings have we had in central N. C. near Boone, N.C.?

2 Tricia Feeney { 01.13.11 at 8:28 pm }

We had a lot of hot, humid wx last summer. It was unseasonably warm til Thansgiving. Then we had one of the coldest Decembers on record, and we are still in the deep freeze here in the secondary snowbelt of NE Ohio. We sincerely hope someone will soon buy our home so that we can move out West for health reasons!

3 mousepaw { 08.17.10 at 12:01 pm }

(Southern Ontario, Can) We’ve had a heat wave to beat the band! Over 100F every day since the beginning of August. It looks like it finally broke tho and now 80F feels cool. There have been thick fogs in the mornings too. I love fog but I hate snow! Guess I’d better get some serious snow tires for this winter!

4 LovetheSeasons { 08.16.10 at 8:56 am }

Here in central PA we have had one hot & steamy summer and the first week in August has been no exception. I hope that means mega snow storms! Our Corgis and us just love the snow!

5 RENATE { 08.13.10 at 3:09 pm }

We have a very hot summer here in Indiana. Noticing lots of spider webs around deck area, bushes and house. So far ( 3 ) heavy fogs this month. Could be a interesting winter again. Last year in December we had a ice storm that left us with out electricity for 11 days.

6 Walt { 08.11.10 at 5:16 pm }

It has been record hot here in central Illinois the first week in August. Maybe I should get a bigger snow blower.

7 Ellie { 08.11.10 at 4:00 pm }

We too have had a cool summer with several mornings with fog so thick we can’t see the hills around us. I live in Kelso Washington. About 45 miles from Portland, Oregon

8 moparmom { 08.11.10 at 1:39 pm }

We have had a very warm and humid summer so far here in Northern Michigan. The air conditioners have gotten a workout this year ! I wonder if that means we are in for a lot of snow this winter ? Hope so !

9 Acura T. { 08.11.10 at 12:43 pm }

We live on the pacific coast of Oregon and are having a very cool summer and lots of fog that doesn’t burn off until late in the day and hangs around the beach shore all day. What’s up with that? Are we in for another bad winter like 2008. Same summer pattern as this year.

10 Candice Garnett { 08.11.10 at 11:09 am }

We are experiencing an especially cool summer, what is the folklore on that?
Benicia, CA

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