...."I like to check the weather for my daughter's birthday in order to plan her party," Self said. "Being at the beginning of March, it can be warm or wet. This year, are we going to have an early fall or late summer? Only the almanac can tell. They're pretty spot-on concerning the weather. I'm not sure how they predict the weather for an entire year for the entire country."
No one will find out, either. Almanac editors say it's all hush-hush and proprietary. They call it a "secret formula" developed in 1792 by founder Robert B. Thomas based on climatology, solar cycles and, yes, even newfangled meteorology. These days, the almanac has a licensed meteorologist, Michael Steinberg, listed in its staff box, alongside the staff astronomer, astrologer and "chief doggerel writer."
Editors recently crunched the numbers and were happy to report that the almanac's weather predictions were 90.6 percent accurate nationwide last winter – 80 percent yearlong. Much pride is taken in the predictions. When Nieskens sat down at a Sacramento cafe on a 100-degree mid-September afternoon, she boasted, "We predicted this in the almanac."
For the record, in 2012, the almanac predicts that our temperatures will be below normal in winter months with above normal rainfall. March will be cold, or as the doggerel goes, "Sunny but raw – signs of a thaw? Naw." Summer will be warmer than normal, which would break a pattern from the previous two summers....
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