CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The other jury is in: A second
periodical used for everything from predicting the weather to helping people
lose weight agrees that this winter’s shaping up to be cold and snowy.
The Dublin, N.H.-based Old Farmer’s Almanac which, at 222, is
believed to be the oldest continuously published periodical in North America, is
predicting that a drop in solar activity and a change in ocean patterns point to
colder-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average snowfall totals.
Last month, the Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac, said much the same.
The younger cousin has been published for a mere 197 years.
The Old Farmer’s
Almanac predicts a cold winter for every region but the lower Great
Lakes, upper Midwest and the northern states of the Northeast.
“Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept
close by throughout the season,” said Janice Stillman, editor of the
Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Coming out of winter, the almanac said the country can
expect warmer, drier conditions into spring and that fears of a drought will
persist into summer for several areas.
And of course, in keeping with its origins as an aid for
farmers, the almanac is packed with growing tips, advice on planting with the
moon’s phases and information on animal husbandry.
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