Farmers Almanac Out With Its Winter Weather Forecast

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- If you live in the Eastern U.S. and you have any faith in the Farmers' Almanac, you're going to want to keep some snow shovels and long johns handy this winter.

The 2008 edition of the almanac, going on sale Tuesday, predicts a lot of snow across the Northeast, temperatures up to three degrees colder than normal along the Eastern Seaboard and four major frosts into the Deep South.

The publication looks for a rough winter also for the Great Lakes region, but thinks it'll be milder than usual out West. Even so, the Farmers' Almanac predicts there will be plenty of snow in Colorado for skiing.

Looking ahead, the forecast is for a cool, wet spring in many places next year and another hot summer.

The 191-year-old almanac's prognosticator uses a secret formula based on such factors as sunspots and position of the planets.

The government's forecast, by contrast, calls for a generally milder-than-usual weather this winter.

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