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Long-term forecast gets cold shoulder

“We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold,” Farmers' Almanac Managing Editor Sandi Duncan told the Associated Press.

“The Almanac,” AP reported, “is also describing the coming winter as 'piercing cold' and 'biting cold.' ”

Just a guess, you say. They could be completely off-base.

Except … that story was written last August, about the Almanac's predictions for last winter.

So it might be worth paying attention to the predictions for the coming winter that the Farmers' Almanac released this week. Using its secret recipe for long-range forecasts, the 198-year-old Almanac warns that things will be colder and wetter than normal this winter.

“Shivery and shovelry are back,” Duncan told the Associated Press. That sentence is not only ominous but hard to say.

A Ball State geography professor, Petra Zimmermann, noted that the Farmers' Almanac was also way wrong a couple of years ago and recommended that such predictions be viewed solely as entertainment.

Still …

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