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Pat Shingleton: "The Almanac's Prediction..."

5 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, February 18 2016 Feb 18, 2016 February 18, 2016 4:15 AM February 18, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

The 2016 edition of the Farmer's Almanac maintains its earlier prediction that "Very Wet and Chilly" weather will remain for New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana until March 20th. Possibly the best forecast that the Almanac made was in the summer of 1816.  The Almanac was being edited by its founder, Robert B. Thomas and the story notes that in 1815, Thomas was bedridden with the flu at the same time that the final edition of the Almanac went to press. While in bed, Thomas found an erroneous weather prediction for the following July that. It predicted, "Rain, hail and snow..." for the Northeastern sections of the United States.  When the publisher discovered the "error" he attempted to recall every copy of the 1816 edition and ordered a reprint that included changes that predicted "sultry with thundershowers" conditions in New England. When the community learned of the mistaken prediction, Thomas incurred considerable criticism. However the following July and August, 1816, rain , hail and snow was reported in New England. Robert B. Thomas boasted that it was his original prediction that proved to be accurate. None of the fabled snow editions of 1816 have ever been found.  

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