Almanack predicts cold, but less snow than last winter

September 12, 2010
  • The 2011 edition of the Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack

HAGERSTOWN -- The 2011 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is not calling for a repeat of last winter.

The almanac's weather prognosticator is forecasting a colder-than-normal winter, about half a degree below average for November through March, but not as much snow as last winter, according to a news release.

Last winter's moderate El Nino supplied lots of moisture for a record-breaking snowfall, but this year's winter has a La Nina, so there should be drier conditions, the release states.

Still, the new edition of the Almanack is predicting about 50 inches of snow in Hagerstown, about 25 percent above average.

The major storms are expected to be on or about Nov. 20, Dec. 5, Jan. 11 and 28, and Feb. 10.


At 216 years, the Almanack is the second-oldest almanac in the nation and the oldest published family-owned almanac.

The annual publication includes weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and insights on everyday living, and is home of the annual woolly bear caterpillar contest.

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