I just got word that Larry Acker died on October 4.
Larry was a lifelong student of the weather and climate cycles, and for many years he published the 3F Forecasts newsletter.
It was a remarkable publication. It featured detailed long-range weather forecasts for specific geographic areas, primarily ones with key agricultural activities, in a variety of locations around the globe.
Larry loved discussing weather and climate patterns, especially when cyclic activity was evident. He was an expert on the big-picture effects of El Nino and other meteorological phenomena.
Larry Acker and the Weather
After collegiate studies at the University of Illinois in geology and chemistry and earning a Masters Degree in 1967, Larry spent about a decade working for the USDA. He left the federal government for farming in 1979 and became a professional weather consultant. He was a member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and of the American Weather Observers.
Larry Acker was also a working farmer in Polo, Illinois. Farming kept him connected to the real-world importance of weather in forecasting crop yields and economic conditions. He frequently shared his expertise at speaking engagements and on a variety of syndicated radio shows.
An Interest In Astrology
I first met Larry back in 1991 at a financial astrology conference, where he was speaking about long-range weather cycles.
Although he was not an astrologer himself in the conventional sense, he was clearly keenly interested in the connections between planetary phenomena and agricultural conditions. He was always ready to learn something new.
When we met I was just a few years into publishing the print-only version of the Financial Cycles newsletter, the precursor to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.
We decided to swap subscriptions, and I was always delighted when a new copy of 3F Forecasts appeared in my mailbox.
Every once in a while Larry would call me to discuss an article or a comment I had published in my newsletter. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and sometimes found opportunities to cite each other’s work in our respective publications.
In 1998 Larry compiled a number of his best articles from 3F Forecasts and published them as a book, Cycles, Weather and History. It’s packed with useful insights, and I still dip into my autographed copy of it from time to time. It’s a thoroughly fascinating volume, and I use it to get inspiration for my own writing and research.