The Farmers' Almanac Turns 200 | Living the Country Life

The Farmers' Almanac Turns 200

The Farmers' Almanac has been trying to predict Mother Nature for two centuries

Twenty-first century weather technology isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Take The Farmers' Almanac for instance, which is celebrating 200-years of weather predictions. The publication was started in 1818 in Morristown, New Jersey, by a gentleman named David Young. He didn’t have any radars or computers.

Sandi Duncan is The Farmers' Almanac managing editor. She says Young came up with a set of rules to make his weather predictions.

"A set of rules that based a lot of calculations on what was going on in the sky both astronomically and mathematically. He didn’t reveal everything in his calculations except to other weather calculators over the history of the publication," says Duncan. "We have updated it somewhat, but still many of his suggestions and rules are in place."

Even today, there are no super radars or gee-whiz technology. The almanac’s long-range weather predictions are made by one guy with the formula.

"Our current weather calculator is our 7th weather calculator in 200-years, so when you get the position you hang out for awhile. He is a real person, however we decided to keep his true identity protected and secret so we have a pseudonym for him, he goes by the name of Caleb Weatherbee," says Duncan. "Pretty much we don’t use technology, we use this formula. And it takes things like sun spot activity, tidal action and moon, position of the planets, and a variety of other factors."

Duncan credits the longevity of their publication not only with weather forecasting, but everyday tips for farming, gardening, and living well. This year, they’re celebrating with a bonus section that includes some of the funniest, most relevant throwbacks from older almanacs.

Learn more about The Farmers' Almanac and its 200th anniversary

Listen here to the radio mp3

Latest Blogs

Betsy's Backyard |
5/25/18 | 11:05 AM
My daughter, Caroline, said she missed my blog, so I'm going to download a few more
Betsy's Backyard |
3/12/18 | 1:18 PM
The Living the Country Life Spring/Summer 2018 issue comes out this month. I loved more

Add Your Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login