With the Autumnal Equinox about to take place on Friday, September 23, 2011, at 5:04 a.m., EDT, the 195-year-old publication is calling for stormy, wet conditions for the eastern two thirds of the country, and cooler but dry conditions west of the Mississippi.
According to the 2012 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which went on sale late last month, October will bring a succession of thunderstorms to the East Coast, including a possible tropical disturbance during the middle of the month.
Rain is expected to make a much-needed reappearance in the drought-stricken state of Texas, as cooler temperatures finally make their way into the South Central states following a summer of record high temperatures. Californians can also prepare for some stormy conditions during October, while residents of Washington and Oregon should start pulling out their winter sweaters.
“We’re expecting Halloween to be soggy in most areas,” reveals Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger, “You may want to come up with a costume that incorporates an umbrella – perhaps Mary Poppins, Jiminy Cricket, or the Morton Salt Girl.”
As early autumn gives way to the holiday season, the opening days of November will bring clear, cold weather for much of the United States. November is forecast to be mostly rainy and cold, with a few fair days thrown into the mix. Thanksgiving weekend is expected to start out clear in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, but eventually turn unsettled. Farther south and west, conditions will start out wet, but gradually clear.
The Farmers’ Almanac warns that December will begin with thunderstorms in most areas. Heavy snow will fall on the Northeast and Great Lakes regions during the second week of the month, while the rainy weather persists elsewhere.
“Those who have been praying for rain will have their prayers answered this fall, but the sun-worshippers among us are sure to be disappointed,”
About the Farmers’ Almanac:
The Farmers’ Almanac, which features an orange and green cover, has been published every year since 1818. Available at grocery stores and bookstores nationwide, it contains useful and interesting articles, as well as long-range weather predictionsgardening advice, recipes, and more. Editors Peter Geiger and Sandi Duncan are available for lively and informative interviews, either by phone or in person. Both love to talk about the weather, share useful Almanac trivia and advice, and offer tips on how to “get back to the simple life.” The Farmers’ Almanac retails for $5.99 in several large department and discount store chains. Visit on the web at www.farmersalmanac.com.