get yr almanac on
Creepily atmospheric countrysides - yet another casualty of our refusal to do something about global warming!
DUBLIN, N.H. (AP) — The Old Farmer's Almanac says it used time-honored, complex calculations to predict that 2008 will be the warmest year in a century, along with a bit of folklore — years that end in "8" have weird weather.
People still talk about the frigid winters of 1748 and 1888, tornadoes of 1908, Northwest floods and the Northeast hurricane of 1938.
"At the very least, we expect it to be the warmest year in the last century overall, so people will talk about it for that reason alone," said publisher John Pierce.
This year's edition, on newsstands Wednesday, predicts a warmer-than-average winter in much of the country. Believers can look for below-average snowfall, except for a narrow swath extending from northeast Texas to northern New England.
Claiming a secret formula based on sunspots as well as meteorology, the almanac forecasts a hot summer in most areas, but cool and dry in the upper Midwest. It says there will be more rain than normal — except in Florida and the already dry West.
...it should be noted that this article reports Maine-based "Farmer's Almanac" calls for a snowy and cold winter. Almanacs, get ready to rumble!