Yes, I know it's still summer,and the last Monday before Labor Day, but if the folks at the Farmers' Almanac are to be believed, another nasty winter is coming this year. And for what it's worth -- the 198-year-old publication correctly predicted last year's winter horror while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of last year's infamous polar vortex and relentless snowstorms are still fresh in many people's minds and the new Farmers' Almanac says more of the same is coming for winter 2015. Editor Sandi Duncan says, "Shivery and shovelry are back. We're calling for some frigid conditions; bitter conditions." The latest edition, which officially goes on sale this week, forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains. Drought-stricken California, along with the Pacific Northwest, will see normal precipitation and cool temperatures this winter. The publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer's Almanac, uses a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles for its long-range weather forecasts. Modern science doesn't put much stock in the formula... but there's no denying they were spot on last year.

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