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Cousin George Henry Casabonne was a farmer, stonemason and factory worker who was famous for his long-range Mohawk Valley weather forecasts. Born in Northville in 1886, Cousin George used lunar phases, the size and prevalence of woolly bear caterpillars and his own weather records when he created his seasonal forecasts. In his last winter forecast, Casabonne said he based his predictions on the “sign of the moon like the Indians did.” He believed that weather ...


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newyorker65
January 25, 2013
10:28 a.m.

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I love these stories! Thanks for the mention of western egg sandwiches! My father used to make them and they were delicious! The column brought back a lot of memories. Love reading about how they predicted weather in the olden days too... would have loved to have known Cousin George! "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson and "Sudden Sea" by R.A. Scotti are two really good books about the early days of weather forecasting.

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