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Deja vu, discontent in Boston: Farmers' Almanac predicts frigid, snowy winter in Northeast

  • FILE- In a Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 file photo, a man battles fierce headwinds as he walks on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, during a blizzard. The editors of the Maine-based Farmers' Almanac have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    FILE- In a Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 file photo, a man battles fierce headwinds as he walks on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, during a blizzard. The editors of the Maine-based Farmers' Almanac have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a copy of the 2016 Farmer’s Almanac, photographed in Portland, Maine, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    FILE - This is a copy of the 2016 Farmer’s Almanac, photographed in Portland, Maine, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, Dylan Chestnutt endures wind-whipped snow while walking during a winter storm in single digit temperatures in Portland, Maine. The Farmer’s Almanac is warning of another rough winter. The editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, Dylan Chestnutt endures wind-whipped snow while walking during a winter storm in single digit temperatures in Portland, Maine. The Farmer’s Almanac is warning of another rough winter. The editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest forecast a “winter deja vu,” hearkening to last winter’s misery across the Northeast (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)  (The Associated Press)

This is not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer's Almanac is warning of another rough winter.

A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed the forecast a "winter deja vu." The almanac, which hits the newsstands this week, predicts cold and snowy weather from Maine to Montana.

The 199-year-old publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer's Almanac, uses a secret formula based on sunspots, moon phases and tidal action for its long-range forecasts.

Modern scientists consider such methods to be tomfoolery.

But long-range forecasts are troublesome even for the Climate Prediction Center. It missed last winter's extreme cold in New England and the previous winter's "polar vortex."