CONCORD, N.H. — The Old Farmer's Almanac, the 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.
Published Wednesday, the almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The West will stay a little bit warmer than normal.
Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.
Some other regional highlights:
• Florida's winter could be rainier than most years while other locales in the Southeast and central states will see less rain.
• Hurricane season isn't expected to be especially active though a major storm could hit the Gulf Coast in late August.
The almanac, which has about an 80 percent success rate in its forecasts, uses the "secret formula" that founder Robert Thomas devised in 1792.