CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The annual Old Farmer’s Almanac, which claims an 80 percent accuracy rate in its forecasts, predicted the possibility of a major hurricane along the Atlantic Seaboard, but didn’t have the same insight about the Gulf Coast.
Last year, the venerable guide to weather, planting and homespun advice said the best chances for a major hurricane this year would be in the early part of September, from Florida to North Carolina.
Almanac editor Janice Stillman in New Hampshire said the Gulf Coast wasn’t in its “direct line of sight.” But given the abnormal scale of Hurricane Harvey, she said, the storm was unpredictable by just about anyone. The August hurricane ravaged Texas.
Almanac compilers base predictions on a “secret formula” going back to 1792 that’s influenced by sunspots and modern scientific calculations.
The 226th edition comes out Tuesday.
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