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Almanac say prepare for really cold winter

CONCORD, N.H. — Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see much of it, like the Pacific Northwest.

If you don't want to read about those four-letter words, there's plenty more to peruse in the folksy, annual book of household tips, trends, recipes and articles, such as animal jealousy, the history of shoes and anticipation for the biggest "Supermoon" in decades in November 2016.

Otherwise, look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for New England; icy conditions in the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest.

"Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas," editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, N.H., where the almanac is compiled. It's due out in the coming week.

The almanac says there will be above normal rainfall early in the winter in California, but then that will dry up and the drought will continue. "We don't expect a whole lot of relief," Stillman said.

The weather predictions are based on a formula that founder Robert B. Thomas designed using solar cycles, climatology and meteorology. Forecasts emphasize how much temperature and precipitation will deviate from 30-year averages compiled by government agencies. But some meteorologists pooh-pooh the forecasts as too unscientific to be worth much.

The 224-year-old almanac, believed to be the oldest continually published periodical in North America, is 26 years older than its closest competitor, The Farmers' Almanac, published in Maine and due out this month.

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