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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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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)
  

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HAGERSTOWN TOWN  AND  COUNTRY ALMANACK 

CONTACT:  Gerald W. Spessard, Business/Sales Manager  TELEPHONE: (301) 491-4002 (Cell)  (717) 294-6086

GRUBER ALMANACK FORECASTS NO FULL MOON IN FEBRUARY!

(Mercersburg, PA. January 15, 2018) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC.,  publishers of J. Gruber’s  Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, announced today that there will be no full moon in February, 2018.   The Almanack’s weather prognosticator, Bill O’Toole, provided an explanation for this not-so-mysterious phenomenon: 

In 2018, February will have no FULL MOON,   This is not so rare and in fact, the same thing happened in 1999 and 1980.  And more recently, in 2014, February had no new moon.  How can this occur?  The orbit of the Moon around the Earth is slightly elliptical.  When the Moon is at perigee (closest to Earth), it moves faster than it does at apogee (farthest from Earth). The Moon’s phases occur 90 degrees apart in the orbit as seen from Earth. Consequently, the time between successive phases can vary anywhere from five to nine days. Since February is a shorter month, if apogee occurs close to the middle of the month, there will only be three phases during that month if there was a phase within a day or two of the end of January. Note that this is not a universal phenomenon. Other parts of the world could have a full complement of phases in a February while we have only three phases.  For example, suppose that London, England has a phase at 2:00 AM on February 1, which means that London will definitely have four phases in February. But because of different time zones, that same phase occurs in New York City at 10 PM on January 31, which means that New York will most likely have only three phases in February, depending on when apogee occurs.

The Hagers-town Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations in the Mid-Atlantic Region as a prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique, timeless, and thoughtful insights on everyday living.   It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well-known throughout the world.  At 218 years old, it is one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation.  News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack’s forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!  

For more information about The Almanack, see www.almanack.com, or you can contact the company directly at: 

The Gruber Almanack, LLC 
747 West Orchard Road
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 17236

For all sales inquiries, distribution, and other business-related questions, please contact Jerry Spessard at  (301) 491-4002 or by email at info@almanack.com.

For all weather related inquires and astronomical questions, please contact Bill O’Toole at (301) 447-2690 or  by email at billotoole@hotmail.com. 

For questions or comments concerning editorial content and Our Readers Write contributions, please contact Charles W. Fisher, Jr. at (908) 930-8413 or by email at cwfisherjr@comcast.net.