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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts a Frosty but Dry Fall

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Lewiston, Maine: .(Sept. 18, 2008) — According to the 2009 edition of Farmers’ Almanac, published in August, most U.S. locales should prepare to encounter cold, crisp, dry and fair conditions for much of this autumn.

Editor Peter Geiger says the cold, dry weather predicted for the coming months is likely to have a positive impact on this year’s foliage viewing season. “Bright, sunny autumn days with cool nights contribute to the most spectacular color displays, and that’s exactly what we’re calling for this season,” explains Geiger.

This year’s edition of Farmers’ Almanac includes a list of peak days for viewing fall foliage across the country. As the season progresses, Farmers’ Almanac also will post maps, articles and other items of interest to autumn color enthusiasts on their Web site,

Over the coming weeks, Farmers’ Almanac forecasts that the extremely active tropical storm season that has so far pounded the East Coast will calm, leaving fair, cold weather for most regions of the United States. Mid-October is expected to be rainy in most areas, with a possibility of flurries beginning early in the Southwest, while late November could see some heavy snows over the Great Lakes and Midwest.

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Farmers’ Almanac forecaster Caleb Weatherbee bases his long-range weather forecasts on a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula that figures in sunspot activity, tidal action, the position of the planet in relation to the sun, as well as a number of other factors. Faithful Farmers’ Almanac readers estimate its annual weather forecast is accurate between 80 and 85 percent of the time.

The cold fall weather is expected to pave the way for a nasty winter season in most regions. Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a “numbingly cold” winter this year, with unusually cold and snowy conditions across the country. This will include heavy snow in the Great Lakes and Plains regions this winter, with a rainy season in the South, and close to normal precipitation in most other regions of the country.

In addition to weather predictions, this year’s edition includes an article on how to grow your own food without a yard; how to fight off germs, headaches and high cholesterol naturally and less expensively; as well how to conserve water, stop socks from going missing after they’ve been laundered and ways to have better gardens.

Every year, millions of faithful readers seek out the down-home wit, wisdom and proven advice that has made Farmers’ Almanac a household name. Weather is the most talked about subject on earth, which makes the annual Farmers’ Almanac weather predictions a hot topic.

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