All sorts of things and weather must be taken in together.
— Ralph W. Emerson
Like many of you, I have a big, green and white Masters umbrella. I’m afraid I’ll have to use it this coming April.
That’s because the latest issue of the Old Farmer’s Almanac expects everyone’s favorite week of golf to be a wet one.
Normally, I’d say any prediction of weather six months out, or even six days out, is highly suspect. Last year, however, this longtime forecasting publication nailed it with the seemingly impossible forecast that we would see Augusta’s April begin with two weeks of sun.
That just doesn’t happen around here … but it did, much to the relief of Masters patrons.
But past is prologue. This year the tournament goes from April 5 and ends April 8. Practice rounds start April 2 and so, predicts the Almanac, do the April showers. They begin a month described as scattered showers, thunder showers, some sun and … just plain showers.
In fact, this Americana staple with its familiar yellow cover says we are in for a 2018 of generally mild, wet days. To get ready, just consider the final big holidays of 2017. Expect rain for both Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and Christmas.
Let’s hope the Almanac is wrong, but it’s historical average is about 80 percent.
MORE PREDICTIONS: It’s not all weather. Each year the Almanac releases a list of trends. Here are some it sees:
Hard work – Fifty-two percent of Americans do not use all their paid vacation days. Most workers give up 7.2 vacation days each year.
Ready for work – Eleven percent of women spend more than an hour getting dressed each work day. Only 2 percent of men take that long.
Snacks replacing meals – Forty-seven percent of Americans say they can’t get through a day without at least one snack.
Pet therapy – “Doga” classes (where dogs can do yoga with their owners) are becoming popular.
Digital dollars – Eighteen percent of Americans have sold something online.
Fast-food emphasis – Time is overcoming taste as consumers value getting their food faster.
Kitchen doctors – Medical schools are offering cooking classes to help new doctors better understand healthy eating.
House dog – Apartment building managers are offering companions for “pet-less” residents to play with.
Men’s fashion – Wearing sneakers with pin-striped suits is OK.
Check-less purchases – Americans wrote only 17.3 billion checks in 2015, down from 41.9 billion in 2000.
What’s money? – Twenty-four percent of Americans do not make any cash purchases in a typical week.
Bow your head – Fifty-five percent of Americans say they pray every day. I wouldn’t be surprised if some are asking that the Almanac’s Masters Week forecast is wrong. We’ll see.