Pat Shingleton: "The Formula..."
Autumn begins in 16 days, the traditional launch of "The Farmer's Almanac." I've noted their predictions in recent columns. Robert B. Thomas started "The Old Farmer's Almanac." In 1818, David Young began this almanac by extrapolating a combination of lunar cycles, planet positions and sunspot maximums to create a weather formula for sections of the United States. Clothed in secrecy, the forecast has been protected by a host of editors for 198 years. Current editor, Sondra Duncan, along with publisher Peter Geiger; protect the location and identity of reclusive weather soothsayer - Caleb Weatherby. In turn, Caleb reportedly protects the ago-old "formula" for six zones ranging from the Pacific to the Atlantic and the Great Lakes to the Gulf.
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