Long before we had the advanced weather-predicting technology we do today (and good-looking meteorologists to report it), we had to rely solely on the annual American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818, The Farmer's Almanac. This iconic publication is brought to us from Geiger of Lewiston, Maine, and provides long-range weather predictions for both the U.S. and Canada.

Even though we have so many ways to get our weather now, many of us still like to peep the Farmer's Almanac predictions for fun. But it does beg the question...

Can we really trust the Farmer's Almanac?

Wikipedia reports that, 

"John Walsh at the University of Illinois reviewed five years of monthly forecasts and found 50.7% of the temperature forecasts and 51.9% of precipitation forecasts were in the correct direction, whereas a randomly generated forecast would be correct 50% of the time. "

So there you have it. It's not much more accurate than a generated forecast that was completely random, but hey, it's still fun to look!

Since summer weather took a long time to get rolling this year, I sincerely hope the Almanac's prediction for September is wrong. It rained almost every day in June, making our lawns green and gorgeous, but our souls sad and longing for sunshine. In my opinion, it would be really nice if Mother Nature served us up some beach days in September. And no offense kids, but it's easier to find beach parking when you are back at school. Those be the facts!

For the past few years, September has felt like an extension of summer in New Hampshire. If the Farmer's Almanac is correct, this won't be the case. It predicts that September in the Granite State will be cooler and drier than normal. Might have to switch back to hot coffee come September! Check out these weather conditions by date:
Sep 1-4 Sunny, chilly
Sep 5-9 A few showers, cool
Sep 10-13 Sunny north, showers south; cool
Sep 14-15 Showers, cool
Sep 16-20 Sunny, cool
Sep 21-27 A few showers, cool
Sep 28-30 Showers, mild
September temperature 59° (2° below avg.)
precipitation 2.5" (1" below avg.)

So, do we believe it? And if so, are we happy about it? Let us know in the comments!

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