The “Old Farmer’s Almanac” is predicting that most of the country will see a colder-than-usual winter while summer and spring will be relatively cool and dry. The 2011 issue of the almanac was released Tuesday. It maintainsits long-term prediction that the Earth is going through a gradualcooling period. That means, according to the almanac, that much of the easternhalf of the U.S. will experience colder temperatures with less snowwhile Mid-Atlantic states will see more snowfall than usual. TheWest will see a mild winter with average precipitation. The 219-year-old New Hampshire-based “Old Farmer’s Almanac”and its longtime competitor, the Maine-based “Farmers’ Almanac,”make annual weather predictions using sunspots, planetary positionsand other information.