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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR FEBRUARY

Snow (1); fair and cold (2,3,4).  Snow, mainly in the southern part of the region (5,6,7) turning fair and cold (8,9,10,11,12,13). Light snow mainly in the north (14,15) with fair and milder weather (16,17.  Showers in the south (18,19) with colder temperatures and lake-effect snow (20,21).  Windy, cold (22,23) with a Nor’easter bringing heavy snow (24,25,26) turning fair but quite cold (27,28).

MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  

    

"You only reap what you sow, so be sure to spread more kindness and 
 consideration for your fellow man than envy or ill will” 
                                                                                      John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack was established in 1797, making it the second oldest almanac in the United States. It began in a modest print shop on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland and was the creation of colonial printer John Gruber and his partner and son-in-law Daniel May. Gruber is considered by many to be one of Hagerstown's "favorite sons" right along with Jonathan Hager, the town's founder and namesake. His almanac has been published continuously for 222 years and is the ONLY almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder.

     The Almanack, as it soon became known, grew in popularity, quickly becoming an integral part of everyday Early American life. For many years hence, it was THE primary source for agricultural, meteorological and astronomical information vital to an agrarian community's survival. The highly accurate weather forecasts (made over 14 months in advance) were first derived using centuries-old methods but over the years, the method has been advanced, incorporating newer, more reliable techniques. And it still contains favorite folk remedies, useful hints and tips for everyday living, and other forms of traditional community wisdoms. Millions of copies have been sold and it has been said that the The Almanack has made Hagerstown widely-known throughout the U.S. and has given Maryland an ‘epicenter’ of farming and agricultural life.

     Throughout its long history, The Almanack has been recognized countless times for its contributions to the steady development and success of colonial agrarian society as well as for making a significant contribution to our national pride (see Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary!)   

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been recognized by Wikipedia as the 47th oldest company in the United States.

THE ALMANACK  THANKS THE HERALD-MAIL!

Over the years, The Herald-Mail, local Hagerstown newspaper, published by Herald Mail  Media , Inc. (www.heraldmailmedia.com/) has given The Almanack great coverage (see a perfect example of that coverage!) but it also has given space to our monthly newsletter as well.  Click here to see the nice graphic they put together and publish the first of each month.   

                  INTERIM FORECAST FOR DECEMBER 2018 TO MARCH 2019

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has issued an interim update to its predictions for the coming Winter of 2018-2019. The Almanack's weather prognosticator, Bill O'Toole outlines what's ahead for us in a detailed summary that can be viewed by clicking below.  For local coverage of the forecast update, simply go to www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/winter-could-produce-a-storm-every-week-prognosticator-says/article_003a5977-b516-51f7-9746-6639439e8fbc.html


                         For more  Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, click here