Hypnartic Artwork added its own artistic spin to Uptown Sedona’s eclectic cultural scene during a visit to the popular northern Arizona resort town this past October.
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Despite its compact size of 19.2 sq. miles, Sedona is classified as a city with an estimated residential population of just over ten thousand. The Coconino National Forest occupies more than half of the city’s land mass. Sedona is located within the Upper Sonoran Desert of the Sedona Verde Valley based about 187 miles from the legendary Grand Canyon and 120 miles north of the state’s capital of Phoenix. An intriguing natural landscape and abundant wildlife attracts millions of tourists and enumerable visual artists to Sedona each year.
A major draw is the numerous displays of massive, towering red sandstone rock formations. Commonly referred to as red rocks, the self-contained iron content causes the structures to appear red. Curiously, their color palette enlivens into a vibrant orange or red glow under a rising or setting sun. Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte, Red Rock Crossing located seven miles from the city are among the most visited sites. Each have provided an inspirational subject for countless songwriters, literary authors, photographers, filmmakers, painters and other visual artists.
Countless wildlife species inhabit Sedona which is immediately surrounded by a plethora of vast, undeveloped protected forests and parks. These include Red Rock State Park with 286 acres and the Coconino National Forest which spans 108 acres and houses the Oak Creek Canyon whose nickname is the Mini Grand Canyon. Founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1988, the city of Sedona holds deep Native American Indian roots which remains true today. About 45 percent of Native Americans comprise Sedona’s population, according to the 2013 census.
Often referred to as a cultural mecca, Sedona features a robust, thriving colony for visual artists many of whom draw inspiration from its natural beauty. Two additional growing industries include the new-age movement of alternative medicine and healing practices and filmmaking. Self described as Arizona's Little Hollywood, more than sixty box office films featuring John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Henry Fonda and other well known talent have been filmed in Sedona since the seventies.
Hypnartic Artwork displayed its kinetic wind sculptures within Uptown Sedona amidst its bustling retail district full of art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants. Uptown Sedona is counted among the four geographical areas of the city that comprise its government structure.
Hypnartic Artwork’s collection spans four artful designs cast from stainless steel and copper. Select from Solar Reflections, Spinning Leaves, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver. Sculpture heights range between eight and twelve feet. Each is produced with materials of quality and crafted with precision.
Meticulous engineering and innovative design enables each sculpture to rotate 360 degrees upon capturing the natural kinetic energy of available breezes. Set upon ball bearings, each design turns quietly and smoothly.
Hypnartic Artwork added increased shine to the Gateway Arch stainless steel monument spanning 630 feet wide and high in St. Louis, Missouri with a nearby installation display of its Solar Reflections and Spinning Leaves kinetic wind sculptures this past October.
The expansive stainless steel structure located upon the banks of the Mississippi River provided a larger than life background for the pair of Hypnartic Artwork designs cast from stainless steel and copper. Residual breezes enabled the kinetic wind sculptures to pirouette and rotate while positioned in plain view under the watchful eye of the copper dome of the Old St. Louis County Courthouse. A short while later, the pair continued spinning for onlookers while displayed upon the adjacent grounds of Washington Square Park.
Hypnartic Artwork offers a collection of four artful kinetic wind sculptures. Heights range between eight and twelve feet. Each is produced with materials of quality and crafted with precision. Meticulous engineering and innovative design enables quiet and smooth 360 degree rotation upon capturing the natural kinetic energy of available breezes. In addition to Solar Reflections and Spinning Leaves, Hypnartic Artwork’s collection includes Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Sculptures offer metalwork with a classic, clean, signature design that enhances suburban as well as urban personal outdoor spaces.
Engineered to withstand the worst and best of outdoor conditions, each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture secures to the earth with an easy to install anchoring system consisting of durable cast iron poles and bases featuring a protective marine powder coating which ensures longevity against exposure to harsh weather and other natural elements.
Hypnartic Artwork’s recent kinetic wind sculpture display in St. Louis perfectly aligns with the city’s deep appreciation of public outdoor sculpture as underscored by the existence of its Laumeier Sculpture Park. Founded in 1976, the park features a collection of sixty large-scale sculptures across 105 acres. It serves as one of the country’s first and oldest public parks dedicated to outdoor sculpture.
The company’s recent journey to the internationally famous Gateway Arch coincided with the 49th anniversary of the completion of its construction on October 28, 1965 which commenced on February 12, 1963. The final construction cost is calculated at about thirty million dollars which is estimated as the current equivalent of one hundred eighty million dollars.The Gateway Arch first opened to the public on June 10, 1967. However, long before the project was underway, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated it as the country’s first National Historic Site upon signing its creation into law under Executive Order 7253 in 1935. Additionally, he earmarked $6.75 million of federal funds to the project.
The intended purpose of the building of the Gateway Arch was to serve as a symbol of the westward expansion of the United States. The enormous structure provides the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial which marks the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Memorial’s creation was also signed into law in 1935. In addition to the Gateway Arch, the Memorial encompasses two additional historically significant structures. These include the Old St. Louis County Courthouse built in 1828 where the landmark Dred Scott v. Emerson legal case was initially argued in 1847 and a 45,000 sq. ft Museum of Westward Expansion. The courthouse had served as the Memorial’s largest structure prior to the construction of the Gateway Arch.
Commonly referred to as the St. Louis Arch and the Gateway of the West, the monument occupies 82 acres located upon the west bank of the Missouri River at the founding site of the city. A tram system with two passenger-style trams deliver visitors from the arch’s base to an observation room located at its peak. The trams operate at an approximate speed of 340 feet per minute or 3.86 miles per hour.
Today, the Gateway Arch continues to hold numerous domestic and global records as the world’s tallest arch, largest monument of the Western Hemisphere and tallest accessible building in Missouri. Governed by the National Park Service, the Gateway Arch was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. The monument’s architecturally significant design by Finnish-American Architect Eero Saarinen and German-American Structural Engineer Hanskarri Bendel in 1947 serves as one of architecture’s earliest examples of structural expressionisn. The storied fruition of the arch’s erection occurred rather speedily even by modern day standards. St. Louis civic leaders initially conceived the idea for the monument in 1933. Locally based proposals for the arch evolved into legislative bills that were presented to and received approval of the U.S. House and Senate before President Roosevelt signed its creation into law.
The wind, sun and snow of Vail, Colorado forged an energetic kinship with the Hypnartic Artwork Company during an installation display of a trio of its kinetic wind sculpture designs this past October.
Perched 200 feet above the Town of Vail’s village along Potato Patch Road, a Solar Reflections and two Spinning Leaves sculptures harmoniously rotated under a sun-filled sky which immediately appeared following the exit of yellow and white snow flurries. Seemingly endless picturesque scenery encompassing snow-capped mountains, yellow fall foliage, vast horizon and sky provided a remarkably stunning backdrop during the planned visit.
The exceptional natural beauty easily exceeded the expectations of the Hypnartic Artwork Company’s staff who selected the self-described North America’s Premier International Mountain Resort Community as a destination site as part of its recent Wind Sculptures Across America Tour where making stops in scenic American cities and towns. To date, Hypnartic Artwork has traveled from its corporate offices in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Sedona, Arizona, Santa Fe, NM, Evergreen, Denver and Vail, Colo., Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., Cambridge, MA; and Kennubunkport, Maine.
The relatively young yet immensely popular and well visited Vail Mountain Ski Resort boasts an approximate elevation of 8,150 feet above sea level. Its first-rate trail and course conditions has long attracted skiers and tourists from near and far since it first opened in 1962.
Four years later, the Town of Vail became incorporated expanding the amount of land for visitors to explore for recreational and passive use. The town of Vail spans 4.5 square miles. It is surrounded by the White River National Forest and the Vail Mountain Ski Resort which it leases from the United States Forest Service. In 2010, population of the Town of Vail was estimated at 5,305.
During its fall visit, Hypnartic Artwork installed a second display of its Spinning Leaves kinetic wind sculpture design at the base of Vail Mountain along the roundabout located along South Frontage Road West. While there, the stainless steel design spun without interruption as it captured available breezes to the delight of curious passersby.
Kinetic Work of Art in Vail, Colorado by Hypnartic
The Hypnartic Artwork Company’s collection of kinetic wind sculptures spans four eclectic artful designs including Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel, Spinning Leaves, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Shop Hypnartic Artwork
The High Performance Design of Hypnartic Artwork Kinetic Wind Sculptures Equal The Lamborghini Tradition
When Mother Nature is the strongest competitor of concern for your product – virtually zero room for design error exists. Direct exposure to weather’s instability and turbulence presents an unnerving wildcard that can only be unrivaled by meticulous and precise product engineering.
This is just one reason why Hypnartic Artwork utilizes masterfully designed moving parts of high quality within each of its four all season, high-performance kinetic wind sculptures cast from either copper or stainless steel. Upon harnessing the kinetic energy it captures from available natural breezes, each sculpture quietly and smoothly rotates 360 degrees while set upon ball bearings.
Hypnartic Artwork delivers a virtually flawless performance while withstanding and combating nature’s worst and best. Its portfolio of ultra-high performance designs are the result of its extensive, careful research and product development to achieve best-in-class, innovative, stable, artful and handsome kinetic wind sculptures.
Select from Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel and Concord Swan, Spinning Leaves and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Each design features meticulously engineered metalwork resulting in classic, clean lines with timeless flair inspired by the traditional craftsmanship that metal-smiths have historically forged in earlier times such as prior to and during the Industrial Revolution.
Standing between eight and twelve feet, each Hypnartic Artwork model secures to the earth with an easy to install anchoring system consisting of cast iron poles and bases featuring a protective marine powder coating to ensure longevity against exposure to harsh weather and other natural elements year-round.
A mere five product returns since the company’s inception in 2007 is perhaps the best testament to the high quality of its product line. Its high customer satisfaction rate underscores Hypnartic Artwork’s strong commitment to providing Estate Quality wind sculptures as an Affordable Alternative to Custom Crafted wind sculptures. Its high customer satisfaction rate underscores Hypnartic Artwork’s strong commitment to providing, Estate Quality wind sculptures as an Affordable Alternative to Custom Crafted wind sculptures.
The ultra high performance, precision engineering and master workmanship of the components of Hypnartic Artwork’s sculptures places a similar high propensity for innovation of its design team among that of other first-in-class product innovators such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Tesla automobiles and Vacheron Constantin (1755), Audemars Piguet and Patek Phillippe watches.
Each sculpture seamlessly compliments, enhances and blends with virtually all outdoor settings. An ideal way to add decorative yet functional design to private suburban and city landscapes. The installed result offers a handsome element of creative expression when in motion and while at rest.
Additionally, the sculpture’s lively movement will infuse dimensional activity into an otherwise stagnant environment providing a versatile addition that easily enhances grassy as well as hardscape areas. Place either as a central focal point of a grassy area or off-center to accent a flora border, garden entrance, walkway or patio. No need to remove the sculpture during the winter as the presence of snowfall will not prohibit a sculpture’s ability to spin. Evenly distributed snow ensures optimum results.
As a creative way to share its product line with the public, Hypnartic Artwork recently embarked upon a road trip as part of its Wind Sculptures Across America Tour where it made stops in multiple scenic American destinations. To date, Hypnartic Artwork has traveled from its corporate offices in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Sedona, Arizona and back after making stops in Santa Fe, NM, Evergreen, Denver and Vail, Colo., Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., Cambridge, MA; and Kennubunkport, Maine.
The urban landscape of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico received a new spin on its official nickname of The City Different during a temporary outdoor display of the copper Spinning Leaves and Solar Reflections wind sculptures by Hypnartic Artwork that were recently installed at Cathedral Park.
The cathedral itself is among the magnificent architectural landmarks, natural beauty and scenic landscapes of Santa Fe that provides creative inspiration to residents and visitors. Painter Edward Hopper based his“Saint Francis’ Tower, Santa Fe” upon his 1925 visit to the city.
Santa Fe’s population of over 69,000 consists of a large number of visual artists, musicians and writers. The city is a widely known cultural arts mecca filled with many music venues, art galleries and museums exhibiting historical, folk to contemporary works including former resident American painter Georgia O’Keefe who died in 1986.
Santa Fe translates to Holy Spirit in Spanish which is appropriately underscored by the Cathedral’s magnificent and noteworthy architectural design. Classified as the mother church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Archbishop Jean Baptist Lamy built the limestone Cathedral between 1869 and 1886.
Santa Fe enjoys historical distinctions both within New Mexico itself as well as the overall United States. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is considered as the oldest and fourth largest city in New Mexico which became the 47th state in 1912. As the oldest U.S. capital city, its elevation of 7,199 ft. above sea level marks the highest elevation of any capital city nationwide.
Additionally, Santa Fe has earned global recognition from the United Nations for its deep commitment to preserving, sustaining and promoting crafts, folk art and design. In 2005, Santa Fe was inaugurated into its competitive Creative Cities Network, a prestigious affiliation which squarely places Santa Fe’s cultural arts achievements upon a global stage. To date, membership to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has been extended only to the U.S. cities of Iowa City, Iowa for Literature in 2008 and Paducah, Kentucky for Craft and Folk Art in 2013.
The Santa Fe stop was part of Hynartic Artwork’s recent road trip for its Wind Sculptures Across America Tour. It is among the multiple scenic American destinations that Hypnartic Artwork has visited during its ongoing Wind Sculpture Across America Tour .
In addition to the Spinning Leaves and Solar Reflections kinetic wind sculpture designs that Hypnartic Artwork showcased in Santa Fe, its collection includes Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Produced with materials of quality and crafted with precision, each Hypnartic Artwork kinetic wind sculpture features meticulous engineering and innovative design that enables quiet and smooth 360 degree rotation.
Founded in 2007 in Rhode Island, Hypnartic Artwork offers all-season, Estate Quality wind sculptures at affordable prices You may order directly from this web site.
Old Man Winter’s bag of winter tricks can hardly prevent Hypnartic Artwork kinetic wind sculptures from bringing cheer and warmth to backyards all across America.
As folks try to find ways to beat the winter blues, Hypnartic Artwork wind sculptures eagerly embrace the opportunity of transforming arctic winds into an unexpected summer delight. From snow, sleet, wind and cold snaps to flurries, showers, blizzards and squalls; each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture is specifically engineered to physically withstand the abundance of weather shifts that a harsh winter can bestow upon their kinetic creations.
Now that the polar winter weather has descended upon the United States, adding a Hypnartic Artwork kinetic wind sculpture to your yard is a surefire way to capture and defy the season’s fickle freezes. The sculptures lively movement will infuse dimensional activity into an otherwise stagnant and bare winter backdrop.
Just as the famed Vail CO resort eagerly welcomes a thick blanket of snow, Hypnartic Artwork creators.ensured optimum results when their sculpture’s curved slopes embraced the white coatings of winter.
Each Hypnartic Artwork design effortlessly beautifies your outdoor personal space especially during winter hibernation until surroundings reawaken and return to their flourished phase. The graceful, continuous movement that each sculpture creates will enliven the winter scenery outside your window resulting in an ever-changing winter wonderland. The abundance of activity clearly confirms that Mother Nature never sleeps, and Hypnartic artwork will be hard at work positively assisting with all four of it's wonderful climatic shows. directly
Hypnartic Artwork indulged in a 7,220 ft. Rocky Mountain high during a temporary outdoor installation display of two of its four kinetic wind sculptures in Evergreen, Colorado as part of a recent road trip for its Wind Sculptures Across America Tour.
The single day exhibition featured both its stainless steel Solar Reflections and copper Spinning Leaves wind sculptures installed next to each other while located along a pathway adjacent to a gushing Evergreen Dam waterfall and an enormous statue of a horseback Indian in motion. The oversized work of art is based upon “The Mountain Man” original 1903 bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington, a renowned artist who specialized in depictions of the Old American West and invented cowboy sculpture.
During Hypnartic Artwork’s display, the duo designs continuously rotated in tandem while successfully capturing the energy of available natural and residual breezes from the nearby waterfall. Their flawless performance paid homage, as if on cue, to the meticulous engineering, innovative design and usage of quality materials of their maker.
Despite the steady rainfall and an overcast Evergreen sky that enveloped the two kinetic wind sculptures, their metal managed to brightly shine without interruption during the day-long appearance. Viewers experienced a consistent burst of vibrant copper from the intricately detailed veins of Spinning Leaves’ upper body and mirror-like reflections from the vivid stainless steel curvatures of Solar Reflections.
Breathtaking views of vast acreage dotted with active wildlife including elk and provided a magnificent outdoor setting from Hypnartic Artwork’s perch above Evergreen’s bustling art, culture and entertainment community and downtown retail district. Located 15 miles west of the state capital of Denver, Evergreen’s natural beauty embodies Hypnartic Artwork’s signature of merging natural elements with similarly natural environments.
Evergreen, Colorado is among the multiple scenic American destinations Hypnartic Artwork has visited during its ongoing Wind Sculpture Across America Tour which has traveled from its corporate offices in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Sedona, Arizona, Santa Fe, New Mexico., Vail, Colorado., Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; and Kennubunkport, Maine, along with many other locations throughout the United States.
Set upon ball-bearings, each Hypnartic Artwork kinetic wind sculpture quietly and smoothly rotates 360 degrees upon harnessing breezes that come its way. The sculpture’s lively movement exudes a meditative sense that can quickly infuse activity and movement into otherwise stagnant environments. Additionally, Hypnartic Artwork’s designs feature a protective marine powder coating to ensure longevity against exposure to harsh seasonal weather and other natural elements year-round.
In addition to the two kinetic wind sculpture designs Hypnartic Artwork showcased in Evergreen, its collection includes Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper. Each offers a handsome element of creative expression when in motion and while at rest.
Standing between eight and twelve feet, each Hypnartic Artwork model secures to the earth with an easy to install anchoring system consisting of durable cast iron poles and bases also coated with protective marine powder.
Founded in 2007 in Rhode Island, Hypnartic Artwork offers all-season, estate quality wind sculptures as an affordable alternative to custom crafted wind sculptures. Prices range from $595.00 to $795.00. You may order directly from this web site.
Adding a kinetic wind sculpture to the landscape of your personal outdoor space is a simple design solution that can immediately elevate and differentiate its style from that of another. Four eclectic artful yet functional designs from Hypnartic Artwork offer timeless flair that will easily compliment, enhance and blend with virtually all outdoor settings ranging from suburban yards to metropolitan rooftop gardens.
Select from Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel and Spinning Leaves, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper.
Inspired by the traditional craftsmanship that metalsmiths have historically forged in earlier times such as prior to and during the Industrial Revolution, each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture offers meticulously engineered metalwork that infuses increased dimensional texture to natural surroundings and planned gardens. The classic, clean, signature design of each sculpture enables it to harmoniously co-exist with other exterior elements including entrance gates made from wrought iron, wood or other materials.
Set upon ball-bearings, each sculpture quietly and smoothly rotates 360 degrees upon capturing the natural kinetic energy of available breezes. The sculpture’s lively movement exudes a meditative sense that can quickly transform otherwise stagnant environments into a personal oasis.
Standing between eight and twelve feet, each Hypnartic Artwork model secures to the earth with an easy to install anchoring system consisting of durable cast iron poles and bases featuring a protective marine powder coating to ensure longevity against exposure to harsh weather and other natural elements year-round. An ideal solution to ensure beautification for your outdoor personal space especially as natural elements start to hibernate from their lush, full bloom.
The installed result offers a handsome element of creative expression when in motion and while at rest. An Hypnartic Artwork sculpture makes a versatile addition that easily enhances grassy as well as hardscape areas. Place either as a central focal point of a grassy area or off-center to accent a flora border, garden entrance, walkway or patio.
Whether you are starting from scratch and embarking on an entirely new design or enhancing an existing layout, adding a Hypnartic Artwork kinetic wind sculpture is a smart choice that simplifies the often daunting and overwhelming task of planning and determining the specific elements to utilize within the landscape design of a personal outdoor space.
Founded in 2007 in Rhode Island, Hypnartic Artwork offers estate quality wind sculptures as an affordable alternative to custom crafted wind sculptures. Prices range from $595.00 to $795.00. Order directly from www.HypnarticArtwork.com.
There is something so natural, so organic in the shape and design of a mobile. The balance and proportion, the delicate play of this original kinetic art has a certain timeless quality. That said, it’s hard to believe that this most natural of kinetic delights was first conceived by American sculpture Alexander Calder in the 1930’s. Born into a family of artists, his mother was a painter, both his grandfather and father were sculptors, Calder studied mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. After which he held several engineering jobs thereafter including working for a time on a passenger ship that sailed between New York and San Francisco, before retreating to the woods of Aberdeen, Washington where he worked as a time keeper at a logging camp. Loving the nature but dissatisfied with the work, Calder returned to New York City to pursue a career in the family vocation, art.
In 1926 Calder moved to Paris where he met fellow artist and lifelong friend Joan Miró, as well as other avant-garde artists including Marcel Duchamp and Jean Arp. His earliest creations were toys made of wood and wire. Known as Cirque Calder, his first major work won him praise from his fellow artists as well as the general public who flocked to see this miniature circus. Calder designed it to fit conveniently in a suitcase. The simple construction of Cirque Calder held the seeds for his what was to be his greatest innovation. He started by working on a kind of sculpture that would be motor driven. It was these initial works of moving leaves, birds and fish that Marcel Duchamp famously named “mobiles.” It was the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, and his good friend Miró that led him to embrace the sensibilities of abstract art, thus abandoning both the images from nature and the motor. All this, combined with his engineering background allowed him to break free from the static art of the past.
While Calder went on to create large, even monumental sculptures (the ones that don’t move are known as stabiles) as well as painting and jewelry, this prolific artist is best known for his mobiles.
Fall has arrived and for many of us that means that cooler winds are blowing the wind sculptures in our backyards. For those of us living in New England who are just coming off a cooler than average summer, and still have last years brutal winter fresh in our minds, the big question is just what kind of winter can we expect?
I recently overheard a conversation at a local coffee shop. The subject was, what else, the weather.
“Well you know what they say. A cool summer usually precedes a very cold winter.”
“Who exactly is they,” their friend asked.
“I’m not really sure, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, maybe?”
That’s when I thought I’d see what the revered “Old Farmer” had to say when it comes to what we might all expect this winter. But first, did you know that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in the US? Originally known as The Farmer’s Almanac, It was first published in 1792. According to wikipedia, the founder of the Almanac Robert B. That’s when I thought I’d see what the revered “Old Farmer” had to say when it comes to what we might all expect this winter. But first, did you know that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in the US? Originally known as The Farmer’s Almanac, It was first published in 1792. According to wikipedia, the
founder of the Almanac Robert B. Thomas “studied solar activity, astronomy cycles and weather patterns and used his research to develop a secret forecasting formula, which is still in use today.” Thomas “studied solar activity, astronomy cycles and weather patterns and used his research to develop a secret forecasting formula, which is still in use today.”
A quick trip to the Old Farmer’s Almanac website confirmed what I’d overheard to be true. “Brrrrrr!” OFA was predicting a “bitter cold” winter with “heavy” snow for New England. The Forecast Here’s what the OFA’s is saying for winter 2014 - 2015 for the rest of the nation.
Regarding Temperature, the word is that three quarters of the nation should expect colder than normal temps with the Great Lakes and the Northern Plains experiencing the coldest conditions in late January into early February. Temps in these places could go as low as minus 40. Both coasts are expected to be only slightly more temperate, meaning near normal conditions.
As for precipitation, the Pacific Northwest, some of the Southwestern states and the Northern Plains can expect near normal amounts of precipitation. While the upper mid-west and the Great Lakes Region are likely to experience below normal precipitation - most likely due in part to that extreme cold. The central and southern plains should see above normal amounts of precipitation. The OFA tells us that ten days in January along with the first week of February have been “red flagged” for the Atlantic seaboard to experience harsh winter weather. This means heavy snow and strong winds. Another “red flag” has been
planted on mid-March for the nation’s midsection and the east coast to experience more “wintery”
One open question is the return of El Nino, This phenomenon is caused by the warm Pacific air currents. An El Nino could provide great relief to drought ravaged California and other Southern States. It could even mean slightly warmer temperatures resulting in more rain, less snow and cold to the north and east. The El Nino effect is strongest from December to April. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
A couple more fun facts about the OFA.
• The Farmers Almanac became the Old Farmers Almanac in 1832, when Robert B. Thomas, who served as it’s first editor for fifty years, added “Old” to the name to celebrate the fact his publication had beat out all other competitors.
• Ever wonder why there’s a whole in upper left hand corner of every copy of the OFA? Thomas decided to drill a hole in the corner of each copy to make it easier for the user to hang it on a nail or thread a string through it.
• While the OFA has been published steadily from it’s birthplace in Dublin, NH from it’s beginning there was nearly an unexpected hiatus during World War II. Apparently a German spy who had been arrested in New York was found to have a copy of the OFA in his pocket. According to the US Office of Censorship’s voluntary code of Wartime Practices, Weather was listed as one of several subjects which may be of value to the enemy. To ensure that their long history of publication went unbroken the OFA substituted weather indicators for their in-depth forecasts from 1943 through the end of the war in 1945.