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Almanac Companion Newsletter
August 25, 2011

Weather Wise & Otherwise

Long before meteorologists, people made forecasts based on their observations of animals, flowers, and nature.
• Plenty of acorns indicate a severe winter.
• Thin onion skins mean a mild winter.
• The shape of persimmon seeds predicts winter weather. See how to read a persimmon.
• Swallows flying near the ground and robins coming near the house mean rain or wind.
• Old-timers even used a goose breastbone to predict winter! Here’s how it worked.

How about the Almanac? The 2012 edition is here!Get your winter weather predictions!

Sun Photo Contest Prize

Share your summer photos. The winner will receive this cheerful Sun Beam to brighten their yard! (See Sun Beam.) To enter, just click here to go to the contest page.


Fresh produce abounds. Enjoy these harvest recipes from the winners ofThe Garden-Fresh Cookbook Recipe Contest.

Thank you to everyone who submitted recipes. Enjoy the bounty!

Weather Blog

The “MJO” helped Irene turn into a dangerous hurricane. Learn more in our new weather post, “Hurricanes and the Deadly Ripple.”

The big doors of the country barn stand open and ready;
The dried grass of the harvesttime loads the slow-drawn wagon;
The clear light plays on the brown gray and green intertinged;
The armfuls are pack’d to the sagging mow.

–Walt Whitman (1819–92)

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