Brrrr! Frigid Winter in the Works

'Numb's the word,' Farmers' Almanac predicts

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    Winter 2009: Bring out the parka and the hot cocoa, it's going to be a cold one.

    We're in for a frigid winter this year with temperatures plunging below-average, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

    "Numb's the word," says the almanac -- which is releasing its 2009 edition Tuesday . The almanac claims between 80 and 85 percent  accuracy for its forecasts.   

    The almanac's editor, Peter Geiger, said the brutally cold forecast  will force many households to grapple with high heating fuel prices. "This is going to be catastrophic for millions of people," he said.

    The almanac is infamous for its unconventional weather-predicting techniques such as using sunspots, planetary movement and tides to predict the weather two years in advance.