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OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC BRINGS A BIT OF CHEER & THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE COMING YEAR

 OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC BRINGS A BIT OF CHEER & THE WEATHER FORECAST
 FOR THE COMING YEAR
 DUBLIN, N.H., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Chances are that none of us will find the fountain of youth in our lifetime, but according to the 1993 Old Farmer's Almanac, which goes on sale today, there are things people can do every day to add years to their lives. The Almanac article "How Long Will You Live" features a chart in figuring one's life span. For example, if you're usually cheerful and easygoing, the chart says add five years. Not bad advice from a publication that is entering its third century of continuous publication.
 Judson Hale, twelfth editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac, says he can't promise that reading the Almanac every day will add any years to the reader's life, but he does believe it can bring a little cheerfulness. This, after all, is what The Old Farmer's Almanac is all about. Like the 200 editions before it, the 1993 edition offers readers a compendium of amusing stories, a dose of wit and wisdom, a bit of humor and, of course, a healthy portion of useful information. Chief among the useful information is the Almanac's long-range weather forecasts, which it claims are 80 percent accurate, and its astronomical calculations, which the Almanac contends are 100 percent accurate in all probability.
 There is no painting the country with one brush as far as this winter's forecast goes, according to the 1993 edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac. Winter weather will be quite variable across the nation with temperatures averaging slightly above normal in New England and from the Middle Plains across to the Southwest and much of California; well above normal from the middle Atlantic states westward to the lower Great Lakes and all across the Southeast and West. Minnesota to the Northwest and Northern California are the only regions that will experience blow normal temperatures.
 As for precipitation, the Northeast looks relatively light with the rest of the country about normal. The Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, northern Great Lakes and Great Plains, however, could experience well above normal snowfall, which means good news for skiers.
 Northeasterners who are still reeling from their cool, wet summer can take heart: The Old Farmer's Almanac's long-range forecast for the next summer looks promising with close to normal temperatures and even a possible drought until late August.
 While weather forecasts are The Old Farmer's Almanac's claim to fame, million of readers from Connecticut to California await the annual fall publication of the Almanac for its non-weather pages, which totals 238 pages in this year's issue. For sports enthusiasts there is the article "The Startling Saga of the Stanley Cup," an account of the first 100 years of North America's oldest and most coveted trophy. History buffs will revel in stories about Thomas Jefferson, the only American president who was an authentic and undoubted genius; relive a day at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; experience the first manned balloon flight in America over Philadelphia in 1793, and ride the rails with orphan train riders of 1854 to 1930.
 The Almanac gets political in its "Anecdotes and Pleasantries" section, a favorite of Almanac readers, and offers up some essential country wisdom for current-day political candidates as told to the Almanac editors by Eugene J. McCarthy, who visited their offices during the 1992 New Hampshire primary campaign. The section also includes George Washington's second inaugural address in full, which lasted only a half hour, including travel time and all. It seemed George was more concerned with getting back to the documents he was working on and performing the functions as a second-term president. Time will tell if the present day George will have the same opportunity and follow suit.
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 /CONTACT: Kristin Wagenman of Block & Nardizzi, 203-969-1311, for The Old Farmer's Almanac/ CO: The Old Farmer's Almanac ST: New Hampshire IN: SU:


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