By DAVE McMILLION
The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack hits the newsstands this week, predicting a slightly snowier winter than usual.
But almanac officials are treading carefully on the prediction, especially considering the odd, unpredictable weather in the last year.
A weird jet stream has persisted over the area in the last year, creating a mild winter that completely threw off the almanac's prediction, according to Jerry Spessard, business manager of the almanack.
The almanack predicted 61 inches of snow last year, but only 27.5 inches fell.
But that doesn't stop the folks at the almanack from trying again, and they stand faithfully behind their idea of predicting the weather based on sunspots. The belief is that the frequency of sunspots ultimately affects weather on Earth, Spessard said.