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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011 Paperback – September 15, 2010
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For an amateur skywatcher, you can't beat the Old Farmer's Almanac for telling you when and where to expect interesting sights, well in advance so you can plan your viewing. If you are a professional astronomer, you should by all means use a dedicated astronomical almanac. For my level, this sort of information is all I need and far cheaper. Yes, it has a lot of ads, but that's the tradeoff for selling this amount of data for less than seven bucks.
For example, I know from my 2010 edition that there will be a full eclipse of the moon December 21st starting at 12:28 a.m. and becoming total at 2:40 a.m. My 2011 edition says the weather at that time should be sunny and warm. Is this weather information accurate? We'll find out! That's half the fun of this book.
Each year, there are some unique elements; others are traditional from year to year (such as the weather projections). Some matters of interest--the calendar for meteor showers (page 92). On January 24, 25 meteors per hour will rain down in the skies. Best viewing is just before dawn and the meteors will come in from the north. What more information could one want for watching a meteor shower? I'm not a fisherman, but I can see how a person interested in angling might find useful the section on "Best fishing days and times." For instance, the Almanac says that July 1-15 will be prime, when the moon is between new and full. One nice thing about these projections is that one can actually check them out to see if the Almanac is even close. There's also a brief sidebar on how to estimate the weight of a fish. Or, the extent to which manners have or have not changes (pages 168 and following).
Of course, the one part that is so often focused upon is the weather predictions. I am located in Region 3 (which includes central Pennsylvania, and extends from Elmira, NY in the north to Asheville, NC in the south). Since winter can get frisky here, let's take a look at February. Temperature will average a wee bit higher than normal; precipitation (code word for snow) will be average. Dates when snow might hit us include the 11th-15th (snow showers) and the 16th-19th (snowstorm and then sunny) and the 25th-28th (rain turning to snow). So, I'll keep this little prediction (and others) in front of me to see how well the old Almanac does!
Another year and another visit from this old publication friend.
First, the weather. On page 206, the methodology of predicting weather is discussed (vague). The Almanac's founder, Thomas, thought that sunspots were the key. Now, that metric plus others (more scientific) are the basis for predictions. So, what to expect? I live in central Pennsylvania. According to the Almanac, I (and others living in a corridor from Elmira, NY to Asheville (NC) can expect: a mild November, a cold and snowy December through March. The heaviest snow would be in January, with some snow at about Thanksgiving and frequent snowfall in December and the middle part of February. Mark that on your calendars and see if the old Almanac is right!
Second, there are many other features, such as estimates of frost and the growing season, cataloging the tides, and so on.
Another fun version of this "golden oldie"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book that I use almost on a daily basics, I use it for planning garden ,trimming bushes and checking on weather.Published on February 27, 2014 by 4723
I buy the Farmers Almanac every Christmas for my husband. He loves it so much that we started giving all the men on our list this book. I love to read thru it also.Published on October 23, 2012 by Syl
Whether you are interested in "Weather" or not or even in farming tid bits, you will find this book helpful. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Brenda A. Browning
My father used to buy The Old Farmer's Almanac when I was a child. I liked reading it then. I saw it on site and on impulse bought it. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by picky shopper