Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack
Throughout its long history, The Almanack has been recognized countless times for its contributions to the development and success of Early American agrarian society (see Maryland Traditions' 2012 ALTA Award for Tradition), as well as for making a significant contribution to our national pride (see Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary!).
Gruber's Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Company has been recognized by Wikipedia as the 56th oldest company in the United States (the full list) and 1512th oldest in the world (the full list).
October: Fall Sweeps Into The Region!
September allowed inflated cooling budgets to finally get a break. Now the questions are whether the autumn season will officially arrive and when the fall foliage season will be at its best for leaf peepers. Almanack Weather Prognosticaor Meteorologist, Chad Merrill answers these and other questions about October's weather in his monthly forecast appearing in the Cumberland Times-News. Read it here now.
WRGG-FM Interviews Almanack Prognosticator!Hagerstown Almanack Weather Prognosticator,Chad Merrill, was interviewed on September 7th by WRGG-FM's Dave Kipp where he shared his forecast for the coming 2022-223 Winter Check out this podcast on The Hagerstown Almanack Channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL21MJJ9YTR-2FeqU5j0uVManXnyZ3gKuP.
Hagerstown Almanack Forecasting Mild 2022-2023 Winter!In an exclusive interview with Hagerstown's own Herald-Mail, published on September 6, 2022, Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack's Weather Prognostictor/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, previews his predictions of below-average snowfall this winter and a growing season starting "slightly earlier than average". Click here to read the full article with his complete forecast.
Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist
Awarded National Weather Association's
Weatherbroadcaster Seal of Approval!
Almanack Weather Prognosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, was recently awarded the National Weather Association's prestigious Weatherbroadcaster Seal of Approval! The association’s Weatherbroadcaster Seal of Approval is earned by broadcasting meteorologists who pass both a rigorous written exam and an on-air evaluation by a group of panelists. The NWA Weatherbroadcaster Seal of Approval program was launched in 1982 to promote quality weather broadcasting. According to the National Weather Association, only 1,045 meteorologists currently hold this honor. Click here for The Cumberland Times-News coverage of his great achievement. Congratulations to Chad, who not only provides The Almanack with its weather forecasts (14 months in advance!) but also works as senior meteorologist for both Earth Networks in Germantown and Nowcast Weather Radio Network.
August: Return of Beneficial Rainfall
Inflated water bills to keep up with the lack of rainfall best describes the summer of 2022. As we look ahead to August, what are the main driving weather patterns for western Maryland and the Potomac Highlands and are heat and dry weather relief on the way? Almanack Weather Prognosticaor Meteorologist, Chad Merrill answers these and other questions about August's weather in his monthly forecast appearing in the Cumberland Times-News. Read it here now.
2023 Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Now Available!
The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the release of the 2023 edition of J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and its availability for sale more than a month earlier than in the past, and again, beating the competition to the newsstands! This popular regional favorite, famous for both its 227 years of continuous publication and its impressive track record predicting the coming year’s weather, will be available for purchase at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning July28th. Click here for a complete list of retailers and their locations but you can order a copy right here and have it delivered right to your front door!
Almanack Weather Prognosticator Provides Forecasts for Bishop's Events!Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Weather Prognosticator, Chad Merrill, announces that he will be providing Bishop's Events weather forecasts and updates for the days of their sponsored running events that are scheduled throughout the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, Greater Fredericksburg areas, and the Potomac Highlands. Click here for his latest one.
July: No Shortage of Hot Weather!
June felt like a whiplash to the system in western Maryland and the Potomac Highlands. The temperature ranges were mind-boggling, and rain came in short spurts. Now the questions to answer include, “Will July deliver an outright persistent heat wave?” and "Will rain quench the garden?” In his monthly article for the Cumberland Times-News that appeared in the that appeared Saturday, June 25 edition, Almanack Weather Pronosticator/Meteorologist, Chad Merrill, provides the answers to these and more questions that you can read all about here.
The Almanack Makes History Again with Gibbs-Smith Education!
In mid-May of 2021, the publishing house, Gibbs Smith Education, approached The Almanack, asking for support to provide historical backgrond on John Gruber, colonial printer, and more specifically, his Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack. to be included in a new text book for intermediate grade social studies curriculum. Aligned to meet new Maryland State Social Studies standards, the new text book entitled, Maryland: An American Adventure 1780–Present tells the complete story of the state and its nation’s growth over more than two centuries. Heavily illustrated with color maps, charts, photos, and illustrations, this is an indispensable tool for students to engage with both Maryland and American history, from its earliest days to the present day. Gibbs Smith used content from several vintage issues of The Almanack to depict rural life during this period, highlighting John Gruber's contribution to the agricultural way of life. Click here for more information on this and other text books and associated curricula from Gibbs-Smith and click here for the actual page in the new text book where The Almanack's content is used, along with associated questions for the students to discuss.