The Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Warm and Stormy Summer Days Ahead

published Apr 11, 2021
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Get those sun hats (and umbrellas, too, dependent on region) ready: Farmers’ Almanac released their weather prediction for the summer months ahead. It’s almost the season of backyard barbecues, lazy afternoons by the pool, and camping trips — that is, if the weather cooperates. Enter: Farmers’ Almanac, a periodical that has predicted weather forecasts based on mathematical and astronomical factors since 1818. 

It’s worth noting that while some have turned to the Farmers’ Almanac for decades, others have also claimed that the predictions are not always accurate. It is all a matter of preference. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the summer predictions for the warmer days ahead. According to the periodical’s formula, much of the U.S. will be steamy and stormy between the months of June and September. 

“There will be a greater-than-average frequency of thunderstorms for a large portion of the country,” said Almanac editor Peter Geiger. “Many of these storms could prove to be quite strong, particularly over the eastern third of the nation.” 

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While summer storms are common, the number of storms will be unusual. The forecast predicts severe storms and, as a result, tornadoes during the months of June and July in some regions of the country: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska are considered severe weather zones. “The only area that won’t see an above-average number of rainstorms this summer is the southwest,” added Almanac managing editor Sandi Duncan. “Our long-range forecast is predicting an exceptionally parched summer season for California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico.”

Finally, summer is not summer without the heat. According to Farmers’ Almanac, temperatures will rise above normal in the south and east — and peak in late August into early September. Hurricane threats are also not far off. The forecast predicts a hurricane threat in Florida during the first week of August, and another near the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast during the final days of August.