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Farmer’s Almanac predicts warmest weather in century

Paul Dunn

Good grief.

Those old bachelor farmers are at it again.

The “Old Farmer’s 2008 Almanac” predicts 2008 will be the warmest year in the past century (meaning in the past 100 years, not since 2000).

Based on its three criteria for predicting weather – solar science, climatology and meteorology – the Almanac “suggests that a La Nina will prevail this winter, resulting in above-normal temperatures in much of the country.”

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It continues by saying, “The coming winter will be remarkable for its lack of any prolonged cold spells, especially if the La Nina strengthens.”

The Almanac divides the United States into 16 weather regions. We’re in lucky Region 13, called “Intermountain.” It includes all of Idaho, most of Utah and Nevada, parts of Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana and slivers of California and New Mexico.

Here’s what the Almanac says specifically about Region 13: “Winter will be about one degree above normal, on average, with slightly below-normal precipitation.”

That’s a potential double whammy for South Lake Tahoe: less precipitation, and of that less snow and more rain. And that would follow a miserable ski 2006-07 ski season.

The Almanac continues with this: “The coldest temperatures will occur in mid-December, mid-January, and mid- and late March.”

February didn’t make the list: must be all those lovebirds heating up the month on Valentine’s Day.

In case you’re not familiar with The Old Farmer’s Almanac, here’s some background, according to a press release that accompanied the book:

The Almanac was first published in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency, and the 2008 edition marks its 216th year of continuous publication.

The release says 18.5 million people read the Almanac each year, which sounds about right based on nothing in particular.

The Almanac also includes sections on “Tastes and Trends,” which features home innovations. Here’s one: Your future may include toilets that measure body fat, body temperature and analyze urine samples (my personal favorite). There are also sections on gardens, fashion, sports, exercise and more.

But I’m still thinking about those predicted warm winter temperatures.

At the risk of offending readers who chastised me about my last column when I complained (tongue-in-cheek, by the way) about Tahoe’s constant blue skies, the intense heat and my previous skin cancer, I say this:

I’m heading to the North Pole.

No more sweating for me.

– Paul Dunn is editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He can be reached at (530) 542-8047 or pdunn@tahoedailytribune.com.


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