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2014 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack predicts heavier snowfall this winter

September 09, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com
  • Jerry Spessard with the 2014 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack.
By Yvette May / Staff Photographer

Heavier snowfall and colder-than-normal temperatures are expected to hit the mid-Atlantic region this winter, according to J. Gruber’s 2014 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack, which landed on newsstands Sept. 3.  

The 218th edition of the almanac, which covers the 16-month period from September 2013 to December 2014, predicts the first snow in the region could fall from Nov. 4 to 6.

But according to Jerry Spessard, business and sales manager for the almanac, the prediction indicates the southern mid-Atlantic region likely will experience only rainfall during those days.

The entire region can expect a white Christmas, however, according to Spessard.

“We had a pretty mild winter,” Spessard said of 2012-13. “We think we’re in for a different situation this year.”

Bill O’Toole, the almanac’s weather predictor, said the forecasted cooler temperatures are due in part to volcanic eruptions that have occurred recently in Russia, Alaska and Mexico, and anticipated frequent incursions of cold in the northeastern part of the country coming from Canada.

Snowfall in Hagerstown and north-central Maryland typically averages 36 to 38 inches, but could increase to between 40 and 45 inches or more this winter, O’Toole said.

O’Toole expects an arctic cold wave, with “bitter cold” and a below-zero-degree wind chill at night, will move in at January’s end.

“We haven’t had a real good arctic cold wave in a couple years, not in this area. ... I think this one will really get people’s attention,” O’Toole said with a laugh.

The almanac predicts nor’easters for Feb. 21 and 22, and March 15 and 16.

O’Toole expects two hurricanes will make landfall on the southeastern coast, the first in late June and the second in late July, potentially causing torrential rains and damaging floods in the mid-Atlantic region.

O’Toole predicts two more hurricanes, one in mid-August and the other in mid-September.

A major difference between J. Gruber’s 2014 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack and national competitor the Farmers’ Almanac is weather predictions for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2, Spessard said.

J. Gruber’s 2014 Hagers-Town Town and County Almanack predicts there will not be a major snowstorm the weekend of the Super Bowl, but, rather, the following week, Spessard said. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts there will be two major snowstorms around that time, the first during Super Bowl weekend and the second a week later, according to O’Toole.

The 2014 Super Bowl will be played outside at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 

This year’s almanac has 82 pages of content, 49 of which are weather-related and 33 of which are packed with editorial content, Spessard said.

Printed and sold by The Gruber Almanack LLC, the almanac has changed over the years, but this year marks the first time the publication will be available via e-book, Spessard said.

An emailed PDF format has been available for purchase for the past five years, but the e-book, expected to launch in October, will be available through national retailers like Amazon, Spessard said. 

The almanac can be purchased in grocery, hardware and convenience stores, drugstores and online at www.almanack.com.

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