Almanac calls for cool winter, cool decades

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac is looking a little further ahead than usual this year, not only forecasting a cooler winter, but a cooler half century.

The Almanac hits the newsstands today saying a study of solar activity and corresponding records on ocean temperatures and climate point to a cooler, not warmer, climate, for perhaps the next 50 years. Editor-in-Chief Judson Hale said it remains to be seen whether the human impact on global temperatures will override any cooling trend.

For the near future, the Almanac predicts most of the country will be colder than normal in the coming winter, with heavy snow from the Ozarks into southern New England. Snow also is forecast for northern Texas, with a warmer than usual winter in the northern Plains.

Almanac believers will prepare for a hot summer in much of the nation’s midsection, with a cooler-than-normal season elsewhere. They’ll also keep the car packed for the 2009 hurricane season, as the Almanac predicts an active one, especially in Florida.

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