The Washington Times - September 1, 2009, 09:11AM

The venerable “Farmer’s Almanac” predicts a harsh, cold winter this year from the Rockies to the Appalachians and a milder season on the East and West coasts, the AP is reporting.

However, the National Weather Service says the northern part of the country will have a milder winter as the seasonal El Nino air currents over the Pacific become stronger.

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The National Weather Service’s forecasts are based on the latest high-altitude observations, Doppler radar surveys, computerized meteorological modeling, barometric pressure measurements and statistical analysis.

The “Farmer’s Almanac” bases its predictions on the feeling in Uncle Jed’s sciatica and Aunt Betty’s kneecap.

I’m betting on Uncle Jed and Aunt Betty this winter. They’re right about as often as the Weather Service — and without all the fuss.