If you’re over thirty, you probably know about The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Even if you’ve never used it, you’ve probably seen it on your dad’s desk. The Farmer’s Almanac is not so old now – it’s online and searchable. And that’s good for writers.
Think of the stuff you can find there.
Setting your book in a far off place? Having a character wake with the sunrise? When exactly would the sun come up there in October? Look it up in The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Need to know what the weather was like on August 26, 1970 in Austin, TX? On this site you can find out the temperature – low, high and mean. You can get the pressure and dew point, the precipitation, the wind speed and find out if it was snowing that day.
Did you know that China experienced a total solar eclipse in August? You can find out what day.
Need to know how the US flag should be displayed (and where, as well as where not)?
Keep this site bookmarked for when you have questions about the nitty gritty stuff that you would have asked your dad (and he would have looked it up in his Old Farmer’s Almanac).
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