The 2015 Old Farmers Almanac is out with its recipes, charts for ocean tides and, of course, predictions about the weather.
Bob Farmer, one of the contributors to the annual publication, says there’s a particularly challenging winter ahead for the Midwest.
“For winter 2015, the prediction is ‘bitter and snowy’ which I think is about the worst prediction of any section of the country,” Farmer says.
The Old Farmers Almanac was first published in 1792 and its weather predictions are based, in part, on a “secret formula” devised by the Almanac’s founder.
Farmer says the updated formula takes into account temperature and precipitation records for the past 30 years, but also measures sunspot activity.
“The backbone of the Almanac is two-fold,” Farmer says. “It’s weather and astronomy and, you know, when the eclipses are and so forth and then of course lots of interesting stories in the middle and trivia and the best days to do certain things.”
The Almanac has suggestions for the best days to go fishing and which dates are best to plant the garden, advice based on phases of the moon.