BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- The newest edition of the Farmers' Almanac became available this morning.
Some Valley farmers don't worry about the Farmers' Almanac and none of the ones we contacted said they still receive the book.
Now over the years, about one hundred, the Almanac has correctly predicted big storms, but not enough to live by.
Clayton Towers has been watching the weather for more than 80 years in the Valley.
"I like to be know as a keen observer of weather which is true. I've watched it each and every day and every storm is a meteorological lesson to me," said Towers.
His thoughts on the Farmers' Almanac, "I'm not agreeable with the Farmers Almanac, but a lot of people are, and I say if they find it useful, then go to it," said Towers.
The Farmers' Almanac splits the country into regions, which makes it hard to pin point when the forecast is accurate or not.
"It's very vague, it doesn't give the highs or the lows, or whether its in the eastern part or the western part, or in Pennsylvania or what. So it's just not reliable as far as I'm concerned," said Towers.
This year the Almanac calls for snow in early November and late February, Super Bowl weekend in particular.
However Towers isn't convinced.
"It turns out to be correct, and people want to brag about that, but many times it isn't correct and you don't hear anything about it," said Towers.
Although the Farmers' Almanac has been around for centuries, Towers says it's a little old fashioned even for him.
"I go for the National Weather Service, with all their computers and all their reporters and all their know how, and not the Farmers' Almanac," said Towers.
The Farmers' Almanac also has information about astronomy, moon phases, home and garden, even food and recipes.
The Rockingham County farmers we contacted think the book is entertaining but the Alamnac's guess is as good as theirs.
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