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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR JANUARY

Windy, cold, lake-effect snow (1,2,3) turning fair but very cold (4,5,6,7,8,9). Light snow, mainly in the northern part of the region (10,11,12) again, turning fair, but very cold (13,14,5,16). Windy, cold, with some lake-effect snow (17,18,19) returning to fair and rather cold temperatures (20,21,22,23,24). Light snow in the north (25,26,27); fair, rather cold (28,29,30,31.

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FOR JANUARY 



A THOUGHT 
FOR TODAY'S LIVING 

          "The next twelve months offers us a 
          world of promise; it all depends on 
          each one of us and how much we are  
          willing to give of ourselves to help 
           make it a better world”

                         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.  

     The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been recognized by Wikipedia as the the 39th oldest company in the United States. 

GRUBER ALMANACK FORECASTS NO FULL MOON IN FEBRUARY!

Publishers of J. Gruber’s  Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, announced today that there will be no full moon in February 2018.   Bill O’Toole, The Almanack’s weather prognosticator, states this occurs more often then one would expect.  For a detailed explanation of this not-so-mysterious phenomenon, click here.  

 THE ALMANACK'S  WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR 2017-2018

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has just released an update to its forecast for the coming 2017-2018 winter. The Almanack’s weather prognosticator, Bill O’Toole, has compiled a concise summary of what to expect in the months ahead.  To read the full press release, click here. 

                         For more  Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, click here