Long-range weather predictions have helped keep the Old Farmer’s Almanac in business for centuries. The editors must be doing something right. 

As I sit down to write in my lavishly appointed solarium, it’s 79 degrees outside and my air conditioner is running like it’s trying to qualify for a marathon … a week before Halloween.

So, how in the world can a publication that rests between Us Weekly and the National Enquirer in the grocery store checkout line accurately predict complex weather patterns 16 months in advance? I’m referring, of course, to the Farmers’ Almanac.

I have the farm cred to ask that question. At 13 years old, I took to the fields as a day laborer, detasseling corn in Indiana and Michigan.

That’s why it...

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