The Farmer’s Almanacs are still predicting the weather with astonishing accuracy.
For centuries, farmers and gardeners have looked to The Farmer’s Almanacs for guidance on everything from first frosts, fun facts, and household tips.
The (Old) Farmer’s Almanac
In 1792, the Farmer’s Almanac began under the editor of Robert B. Thomas. Almanacs have been around since the 15th century and are used to record and predict the weather, astronomical events, and tides. But this almanac found immediate success.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Robert Thomas employed his keen observation to develop a weather forecasting formula using a complicated series of natural cycles that produce results estimated to be around 80% accurate. Thomas’s secret formula is kept securely in a tin box at the Dublin, New Hampshire headquarters.
In 1846, Thomas retired but left enough astronomical material for predictions for several subsequent editions. Shortly after, in 1848, the word “Old” was inserted into the name to distinguish it from other almanacs.
The Farmer’s Almanac
The Farmer’s Almanac’s first editor was David Young, an astronomer, and mathematician. He developed a guide using sunspots, the tidal activity of the moon, and planet positions. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, they adjusted it slightly into a mathematical and astronomical formula. Only one person knows the exact calculations, and they go by the pseudonym Caleb Weatherbee.
More than just a weather predictor, The Farmer’s Almanac covers many topics such as horoscopes, conservation tips, and astronomy.
Past Meets Present
While both Almanacs are thriving today, they have not remained entrenched in the past.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac embraces technology and combines it with its time-tested formula from the past to predict the future.
The Farmer’s Almanac has moved into the 21st century and delivers three versions yet remains fully invested in the secret formula initially developed by its first editor, David Young.
Next time you need to know what the weather is going to do, turn off the tv and check out the Almanacs.