As I write this it is the first day of autumn and I can’t do a thing about it.

Although the sky is a bright blue and high temperatures are predicted to be higher than average for several days, the crisp mornings are an omen of things to come.

I had rather be writing about summer days, and this year summer seemed quite short.

As bad as I hate to think about it, each year at this time I write about the Old Farmer’s Almanac and its winter prediction.

Last year, co-worker and Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown beat me by writing almanac predictions much earlier than I usually do.

She purchased an Old Farmer’s Almanac at Walgreens so I immediately went there for a copy of this year’s book, but no luck. They didn’t have one.

Then I tried Kroger and still no luck.

Husband Russell thought Lowe’s just may have one, and — bingo — they had one and it was just one, the only one on their shelves.

Actually it wasn’t the usual Old Farmer’s Almanac but a much smaller Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac, which the publisher said it was compiled in the same tradition as Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac.

As for predictions for the coming year, our Harris almanac called for near normal temperatures and precipitation throughout the year but it did call for some snow in late October and the next snow early in November.

The biggest threat of snow came in late February.

The region included only part of Western Kentucky, including the Jackson Purchase, but the Pennyrile was right on the edge

The rest of Kentucky was in the north region.

The next snow was predicted for February. It is possible it will be heavy near the end of the month

The summer is predicted to be about normal, however, the threat of periods of rain off and on from early June to the end of the month and again lots of rain in May with the heaviest late in the month.

Actually, the Harris almanac wasn’t as detailed as the Old Farmer’s Almanac and is only 147 pages, just half as large as the other, but it was interesting to even know of another almanac and see the difference.

The one we usually used had all sorts of things in it. It included planting times, gestation periods for farm animals, predictions of fashion changes and much more; however; the Harris almanac does remind us that 2016 will be leap year.

There were brief listings of farm schedules from when to plant below-ground crops to flower.

In addition, there are feature stories, including one about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, and a story about the Chicago Cubs celebrating the 100-year anniversary in 2016 of Wrigley Field.

In essence, Harris makes the weather sound pretty normal.

Hopefully they’re right. We never want snow like we had in 2015.

Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Saturday. She can be reached by telephone at 270-887-3230.

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