Americana: Not-So-Hot News Flash

After last winter's giant wallop, what is in store this year? Official U.S. long-range-weather forecasters are hedging their bets, but others are not. The 1978 edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac, out last week, predicts that the Northeast is in for a particularly "cold and gloomy" winter. Snowfall will be 15 to 20 in. above average. The chill will descend as far south as Florida. A moderate winter is predicted for the rest of the country—but folkloric weathermen in the Midwest cite a number of telltale signs that point in the opposite direction: bears are fat and getting fatter, woolly bears...

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