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Old Farmer's Almanac: This Winter Will Be Cold And Snowy

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The rest of the jury is back in: A second periodical used for everything from predicting the weather to helping people lose weight agrees that this winter's shaping up to be cold and snowy.

The Dublin, N.H.-based Old Farmer's Almanac which, at 222, is believed to be the oldest continuously published periodical in North America, says a drop in solar activity and a change in ocean patterns is pointing to colder-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average snowfall totals.

Last month, the Maine-based Farmer's Almanac, said much the same. The younger cousin has been publishing for a mere 197 years.

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a cold winter for every region but the Lower Great Lakes, Upper Midwest and the northern states of the Northeast.

The 2013 edition officially comes out today.

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