Friends and family of Al Gore, we have an important message for you. Consider it a public service announcement. We know that he’s getting old, which means that he probably has all sorts of ailments — maybe heart issues, high blood pressure perhaps, even a touch of angina. We don’t know, mind you, we’re just guessing.
All we’re saying is that he’s at the age where you might want to keep him away from stressful situations.
So, friends and family of Al Gore, please do us a favor: Keep him away from the Old Farmers’ Almanac.
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Yes, even though Al Gore and the climate change contingent have been telling us that the earth is warming up like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery, the folks at the Old Farmers’ Almanac seem to disagree. According to Wide Open Spaces, they’re predicting a frigid winter for much of the United States.
And let’s not forget, the Old Farmers’ Almanac is indeed old. (Even older, in fact, than that lame Samsung Note battery joke I used in the last paragraph.) According to Montana’s Flathead Beacon, the Almanac was founded in 1792 and boasts an 80 percent accuracy rate in its winter forecast. The Almanac uses a “secret” formula “that includes information about sunspots, planetary positions and tidal patterns,” according to the Beacon.
Climate scientists, of course, are supposed to be using more accurate data. However, as we’ve noted in the past, some of their predictions haven’t quite reached the 80 percent mark. Still, meteorologists aren’t terribly fond of it and would prefer people not to read it. I wonder why.
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It is worth noting that the Almanac is predicting a warmer winter than usual in some parts of the country, but not necessarily due to carbon emissions or the fact that President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement. It’s mostly due to the Midwest, which should be warmer than average. All in all, it’s still worth noting that variations in the weather do happen. If they didn’t, why would we need the Almanac?
Of course, you should probably take the Farmers’ Almanac with a grain of salt. After all, when we see how often academics manage to get it wrong, how can we expect a book to get it right? Just keep it away from Al Gore, for Pete’s sake. The climate change danger may or may not be overstated, but the danger from stress-induced atrial fibrillation is very, very real.
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