According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the first half of 2008 has been the coolest in five years. The WMO further concludes that the so-called â€œglobal warmingâ€ that may have occurred over the past 30 years is no longer the trend. Geologist Don Easterbrook, a professor emeritus at Western Washington University, predicts that temperatures will cool between 2065 and 2100 by less than one degree. Easterbrook is using the temperatures of the years since 2002 to establish a climate pattern. â€œThe argument that this is too short a time period to be meaningful would be valid were it not for the fact that this cooling exactly fits the pattern of timing of warm/cool cycles over the past 400 years,â€ Easterbrook wrote. Another geologist, Robert Giegengack of the University of Pennsylvania, notes, â€œFor most of Earthâ€™s history, the globe has been warmer than it has been for the last 200 years. It has rarely been cooler.â€Meanwhile, the Old Farmerâ€™s Almanac predicts that the coming winter will be â€œcatastrophicâ€ due to cold weather. In fact, two-thirds of the country should look for colder-than-average temperatures this winter. Not to mention higher energy bills.