The 2009 edition of the Farmers' Almanac goes on sale this week.
Even though the publication prepares its weather forecasts two years in advance, it claims an 80 to 85-percent accuracy rate. And this time around, it predicts we could be in for a cold winter.
The almanac says at least two-thirds of the nation can expect colder-than-average temperatures, with only the Far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.
It says the Great Lakes and Midwest can look for above-normal snowfall in January and February. And the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will have an unusually snowy, or at least wet, February.
The almanac says its forecasts are from a reclusive prognosticator who uses a secret formula involving sunspots, planet positions and the tidal pull of the moon. They're backed up by things like acorn abundance and fog frequency.
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