Regular port-swillers will know that – based on empirical observation – I recently have been suggesting the East Coast might be in for an especially cold and snowy winter this year.

“Sure, Tom,”*  you say, “But what do you know? Your entire meteorological credentials consist of a rayther vulgar hankering after Dr. Jo Harding.”**

Well, now.***  All I have to say to you, Judge Reinhold,**** is that the Big Money Boys have got my back:

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group.

“Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”

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