One book on this month’s best-seller list is the new 2005 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. MareAnne Jarvela a senior editor at the Almanac, says people still read it for the weather forecasts…for the whole year. Jarvela says people pick it up for weather information, especially whether the winter will be cold or have much snow. Iowa gets its own forecast in the annual publication. It looks like winter will begin mild and dry but she says “watch out” — February and March will be the coldest and snowiest they’ve been in a long time. They print about four-million copies for sale in the U.S., as well as about 400-thousand for distribution in Canada, and she says the Almanac’s around number-three this week on the New York Times best-seller list. If you don’t pick one up at the newsstand, the publication that dates from 1792 is also on the Internet. There’s all kinds of information that couldn’t fit into the almanac, as well as tables, planting and gardening information. The link’s www-dot-almanac-dot-com.
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