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Cold Weather Continues For Canada

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Lewiston, Maine: After what the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac predicted would be a “numbingly cold” winter, the well-known weather prognosticator warns that warmer weather won’t be on the horizon any time soon.

According to the calendar, spring officially arrives at 7:44 a.m. (EDT) March 20, 2009; but sources at the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac predict that the cold weather will not depart as easily as many hope.

The 2009 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, published last August, issued a “Numbing Cold” winter forecast for most regions of the country. The accuracy of that prediction was borne out by frigidly cold conditions in the Prairies and the snowy conditions in many areas of the country, especially the Eastern section.

“Anticipation of warmer weather is high,” shares Peter Geiger, Philom., Editor, “people want to shut off their heat, start their gardening, and shed their winter wardrobes. Unfortunately, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a very slow start to the spring season.” According to the 2009 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac harsh winter weather will persist well into the coming months, with unseasonably cold temperatures gripping most regions through the end of April. May looks very wet and unsettled.

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“Fortunately, if you can make it through the cool, unsettled spring season,” Geiger states, “summer looks like it’s going to warm and moist in many areas.”

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