Farmers’ Almanac Apologizing For Being Correct

Hat Tip To Marion, who turned ’39’ this week.

This tickled me.

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.

Political Trivia

Hat Tip To Mudflats.

On a hunch, I reviewed online lists of all the men and women who’ve been elected governor of their state since the year 1900. Pored over them for a few hours. Over 1200 politicians have taken that first-term oath of office. Some soon died in office. Many resigned to accept other positions in government, including Spiro Agnew who was “tapped” by Nixon after being the Governor of Maryland for about five minutes. On a handful of occasions, a first-termer was dragged off to the slammer or impeached. One was incapacitated by a nervous breakdown and one left just as impeachment came knocking on his door. So—how many out of over 1200 just up and quit before the end of their term?

Three: Jim McGreevy, Eliot Spitzer and Sarah Palin.

Video: Levi Johnston Says Money Made Sarah Palin Leave Governor’s Office

Another view from Alaska.

Levi Johnston, the former fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, on Thursday joined the crowd offering up potential reasons for Palin’s decision to step down.

Johnston met with reporters to say that he heard her musing about a better life, one in which she could spend more time at home, reduce her stress, and accept the lucrative offers coming her way.

Back in December, a month after her election defeat as John McCain’s running mate, Johnston said that Palin “had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people have been offering us and just run with it, and saying forget everything else.”

Asked about Johnston’s remarks, Palin’s spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, said, “It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills.”

Johnston, 19, and his family have engaged in a public feud with the Palins over issues like whether his mother and sister could visit his son, born to Palin’s daughter Dec. 28, and respect. Now Johnston is the latest to join the rampant national speculation about why Palin made the decision to step down July 26 as governor.

Palin has attributed it to frustration over ethics complaints and politically ambitious legislators, saying attacks on her have been costly for the state. She has said that leaving office and handing power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell 19 months before the end of her term will be better for Alaska.