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Farmer's Almanac Predicts Bitterly Cold Winter

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The 2014 edition of the Farmer's Almanac, a U.S. publication based in the northeastern state of Maine, says the upcoming winter in most of the United States is going to be a bitterly cold one.

The 197-year-old publication predicts a colder than usual winter for the eastern two thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and New England.

The almanac was first published in 1818 and its secret formula for weather predictions based on "planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles," remains largely unchanged.

Scientists are not impressed with the formula, however, the almanac says its readers use the forecasts to plan weddings and plant gardens because it says its predictions are correct about 80 percent of the time.

For 2014, the Farmer's Almanac predicts a big snow storm on the East Coast, very likely to coincide with the Super Bowl to be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands.

In 2013, the almanac was off by only a couple of days on a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with three feet of snow in some places and a snowstorm the day before Spring's arrival that buried parts of New England.

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