A familiar yellow paperback is making its 208th appearance on periodicalshelves. The “Old Farmers Almanac” is out today. The “Old Farmers Almanac’s” weather predictions and planting recommendationswere used by generations of farmers. No floods or droughts are predictedfor Iowa by the Almanac’s forecasters. That’s Mark Platz of the Almanac’s marketing staff, who notes it’s a special”collector’s edition” of the magazine.Here are the nuts-and-bolts of the Almanac’s forecast: temperatures will befairly normal from November through March. April and May will be warmerthan normal — and June, July and August will be hotter than normal. Lastyear’s “Old Farmer’s Almanac” did predict a colder than normal winter, andthat’s the prediction for this year’s winter as well.