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(AP)   Farmers' Almanac predicts a very wild winter -- here's the psuedo science   ( divider line
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2004-08-29 06:34:30 PM  
well, crap i thought it was the olde farmer's Almanac...this is a non-story
2004-08-29 06:39:18 PM  
The weather formula used by the 188-year-old Farmers' Almanac is a closely guarded secret. Prepared two years in advance, the forecasts are based on sunspots, the position of the planets and tidal action of the moon.

So much for that secret.
2004-08-29 07:20:16 PM  
They're right almost 50% of the time!
2004-08-29 07:27:09 PM  
well, they've got my weatherman beat then...
2004-08-29 10:14:10 PM  
Every single year this Almanac predicts a "bad" winter....I think this time they are just hedging their bets.
2004-08-29 10:39:26 PM  
Here's the psuedo grammar and othography. When you morans learn to spell, it will be a cold day in hell.
2004-08-29 10:40:48 PM  
Actually, let's redirect that at the mods for greenlighting without editing. And just to clarify, "pseudo" would be correct, and "morans" is intended as referential sarcasm.

/got up on the wrong side of teh bedz0r, apologies
2004-08-29 10:40:55 PM  

/busts out snowboard
2004-08-29 10:44:12 PM long as santy claus is still coming to town
2004-08-29 10:44:37 PM  
"The big thing is it's going to be a winter of extremes," said managing editor Sandi Duncan as she pulled her thumb out of her a$$.
2004-08-29 10:45:42 PM  

/busts out canoe
See you on the slopes,palexc!
2004-08-29 10:47:37 PM  
No doubt it'll be the coldest winter on record and fuel oil will be $3.50 a gallon.
2004-08-29 10:49:26 PM  
Actally, in Toronto, the weather has been so mild the last few years, it's almost creepy. When France was frying, it was like 65 here. I don't think the temp has gone above 75 this whole summer. Maybe it's time to move to Canada!
2004-08-29 10:55:03 PM  
That's pretty sweet. This summer was some kind of kickass hot, and there's a typhoon outside right now. Let the good times roll.
2004-08-29 10:55:57 PM  
you don't need a Weather Man to know which way the wind blows.

2004-08-29 10:56:52 PM  
Meanwhile the Farmers' Market predicts wild...road conditions.

/ticket in hand
2004-08-29 11:00:36 PM  
"The almanac also forecast a wet and cool summer. And that seems to ring true in many places, including Maine."

No shiat?
2004-08-29 11:04:38 PM  
You grammar nazi - "othography" should be "oRthography". And I'll bet you weren't being sarcastic.
So - do the writers of the 188-year-old Almanac dis the New Hampshire Almanac posse?
"Oh, those N.H. farks don't know shait from a dust-devil."
2004-08-29 11:05:36 PM  
***"The big thing is it's going to be a winter of extremes," said managing editor Sandi Duncan, whose almanac hits newsstands Tuesday.***

Didn't that chick have a glass eye or something?
2004-08-29 11:06:23 PM  
first 3 people to send naughty movies (no scat, no gay men, no kiddy stuff) sent to my addy get an invite.
2004-08-29 11:06:47 PM  
Sandi Duncan? isn't she the has been TV actress who starred in Hogan's Family and the followup failure, Valerie?

Didn't she have a glass eye?
2004-08-29 11:13:45 PM  
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2004-08-29 11:16:23 PM  
Just what the US needs...a harsh, fuel-consuming winter. It's like the stars are all aligning against us. Hope our engagements over seas stabilize soon.
2004-08-29 11:18:14 PM  
They've been right more than the damn Weather Channel. I'll pick them and their 188 years of pattern matching any day, thank you.
Certinaly better than the stupid color of the fuzzy worms, geesh.
2004-08-29 11:25:12 PM  
Why is this news? Since when did people begin to follow the predictions of the Farmers' Almanac again?

/Rhetorical question
2004-08-29 11:25:42 PM  
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According to "The Day After Tomorrow", this house is on the border with Mexico.
2004-08-29 11:38:08 PM  
Well, thanks for telling us about the southeast. I call that discrimination. Farkhead writer.
2004-08-29 11:39:47 PM  
"The National Weather Service questions the accuracy of forecasts made so far in advance, but the almanac says it is right 80 percent of the time. Some people use it for planning weddings and other outdoor events."

Yeah, and some people question the accuracy of the Weather Network to make forcasts as early as the next day. I can't believe how exceptionaly terrible the Weather Network has been at predicting the weather this year. Where's your volcano to blame now?
2004-08-29 11:42:04 PM  
It's been brutal this past week in Rochester.
2004-08-29 11:42:26 PM  
If Earth is, in fact, Hell . . . and the winter is going to be cold and long . . . does that mean Bush will win re - election?
2004-08-29 11:44:26 PM  
There is a hugh jass hickory tree in our backyard. My unscientific take is that when there are lots of large hickory nuts on the ground in the fall we get lots of snow. Right now there are already more on the ground than I've ever seen.

/off to tune up the snowblower
2004-08-29 11:56:51 PM  
It brings a tear to my eye to think that something that has been around since our long past could so easily demolish anything the best minds at SGI could ever come up with.

/In a good way
2004-08-30 12:03:05 AM  
The only job where you can be wrong 80% of the time and still get promoted.
2004-08-30 12:03:52 AM  
ok, I can't spell anything at all today. I give up, have fun y'all.
2004-08-30 12:04:52 AM  
Sweet. I am really tired of this damn heat. Dry or not, it sucks. It's like there is a sun above and one at every point around you that has any chance of reflections. The heat is also absorbed and reflected by the pavement. Can we have some snow here?

/wants to snowboard again
2004-08-30 12:06:33 AM  
Two words to sum up this upcoming winter/spring: El Nino
2004-08-30 12:09:29 AM  
I also believe this winter is gonna be a biatch. The friggen tree rats(squirrels to most) that are raping my pecan trees are the fattest and furriest i've ever seen. Matter of fact, they are so fat that my 11 y.o. german shepard/chow mixed mutt finally caught one after years of trying. The little bastard was too fat to scurry up the tree out of harms way.
/wish my wife would just let me shoot 'em
2004-08-30 12:19:07 AM  
"This year's edition also continues a focus by the almanac editors on finding happiness through simplicity."

/sorry, thought this was a story about boobies
2004-08-30 12:49:26 AM  
The Farmer's Almanac pisses me off. Why? Because there was a time I worked to help bind and box the damn thing. I'm sure it's "cute" to the rest of you, but after you've seen a few thousand and put each of them in neat piles in the store displays with the spine glue still hot, the hokey novelty is worn off.
2004-08-30 12:50:37 AM  
The almanac's forecast last winter was largely on the mark. It predicted a cold winter and Mother Nature delivered a January deep freeze in the Northeast.

now there is a compelling argument
2004-08-30 01:05:42 AM  
I should like to make my own weather prediction:

Winter will probably be cold, with snow in the states not along the south.
Spring will be largely cool, with temperatures in-between those of winter and summer.
Summer will be hot, and humid in states that border an ocean.
Fall will also be largely cool, with temperates in-between those of summer and winter.

/It's not exactly open-heart surgery
2004-08-30 01:11:13 AM  
As long as the snow is 80 feet high in my driveway and I can't go to work, I'm apathetic about winter weather.
2004-08-30 01:19:55 AM  
"I know it's gonna be a bad winter 'cuz I saw a couple of squirrels hoisting a kerosene heater up into a tree and my cats killed a 'possum and made parkas from its fur."
2004-08-30 01:38:41 AM  
I am astonished at the accuracy of your predictions, OmniscientSean. You are clearly deserving of your name.
2004-08-30 02:04:37 AM  
What does the Farkers Almanac say?
2004-08-30 04:26:52 AM  
Crap, time to actually get a snowblower. Our driveway is only 15ft by 10ft, but when 4 feet of wet snow pile up that shiat gets very very heavy. We were lucky last winter, it only actually snowed bad 4 times. God this state sucks, last week the nites were dropping down to the high 30s!!!!! It's august!!!!
2004-08-30 05:56:25 AM  
Snow in the winter?
Rain in the spring?
Heat in the summer?
Raking leaves in the fall?

.....get outa here, those are all lies.
2004-08-30 08:35:48 AM  
Well, if Sandy Duncan says it - it must be true!

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2004-08-30 11:19:17 AM  
My greatgrandfather swore by the thing, and would only plant during the hours it said to. My Dad thought it was hooey, and planted the same plants in the same yard...

the come-uppins was Twilight Zone/X-Files quality... greatgranddad's beans were always awesome... Dad's... looked like Jar-Jar Binks had been attacked by piranhas.
2004-08-30 11:23:18 AM  
You folks can do what you want, I'm sticking to CH 362 on my dish.
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