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ALMANAC PREDICTS WIDESPREAD DROUGHT

The 208th annual edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac is forecasting a widespread drought next summer after a relatively mild, dry winter for the United States.

"Overall, winter should be milder and a little bit drier than usual with some exceptions. Northern New England and the eastern section of the Great Lakes will have a lot of snow," said Susan Peery, managing editor of the classic, which went on sale Tuesday.

But come next summer, "we're looking for very hot, dry weather for most of the eastern third of the country, plus Texas and Arizona," Ms. Peery said.

The Almanac claims 80 percent accuracy.

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