Hat Tip To Marion, who turned ’39’ this week.
James’ mom writes every couple days from Maine, and the news is always the same. RAIN!!
With that in mind, and also the fact I love the Farmers’ Almanac, comes this story.
When it comes to foul-weather forecasts, Peter Geiger tells people not to shoot the messenger.
The editor of the Farmers’ Almanac apologized Wednesday for accurately predicting a wet summer in the Northeast.
For June 1-3, the almanac predicted “cool weather after showers and thunderstorms.” For June 4-7, it called for “low clouds and fog” with “rain and thunderstorms prevailing” over New England.
“Watch for a passing shower or thunderstorm,” it said of the 12th to the 15th and “widespread cloudiness” for the 16th through the 19th.
When the 192nd version of the Farmers’ Almanac was published in August 2008, it predicted that the month of June 2009 would end with a week of humidity and scattered showers.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Geiger said June’s temperatures were cooler than he expected, but that the rest of the forecast was, unfortunately, pretty accurate. “I’m not happy about the rain,” he said. “I apologize for being correct. I apologize for any more bad weather.”
The almanac’s forecast for July and August could leave almost any farmer in a slump: scattered showers, lightning, thunderstorms, wind and rain. Adding insult to injury, September is set to begin with “record-low temperatures.”
“Unfortunately, it may never come to an end,” Geiger joked.
He shared some advice in hopes of lifting dampened spirits:
“Always have a plan B!”
According to Geiger, it will rain most days, but “it won’t be raining every moment of every day.” Plan outdoor activities accordingly and if Mother Earth decides to let it pour, always have a backup indoor activity ready to go.
“There are a lot of great indoor activities.”
Geiger reminds that bowling, shopping, going to museums and movies are just a few.
“Be more diligent about watching the weather. Be creative in your planning process.”
Geiger suggests that people spend more time checking the forecast and take advantage of the sun when it’s there.