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Cold – Snow – Hail and it’s not winter yet!

The reports keep coming in regarding the signs of winter. I’ve only had one old grump who says that we are all nuts. But, it is interesting just how many sightings there have been of caterpillars and persimmon seeds. Here’s one I just received: So there is no escaping it – not even Jacksonville, Fl. or Ireland.

Jacksonville Florida, black woollies have been sighted here, and this is our 3rd day of record breaking cold temps. winter is not even here yet. FYI, as far east as Northern Ireland yesterday was record cold, they had their first October snowfall in over 25 years. Cornwall had a hailstorm last night with drifts of up to 6 feet-yes feet-of hail.

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Closer to home, some parts of NY and NJ received 6 – 12 inches. Sandi Duncan’s sister sent photos from her home in Lebanon, NJ. This could be Maine in January – sure glad it is not.

I am so excited about Halloween. It is my favorite day (night) of the year. No, I am not big on dressing up and I don’t eat candy but my tradition is to start the day on WMME – 92.3 FM – Moose Radio with Jon James. I am on for 2 1/2 hours during which I disclose the “secret password” for trick or treaters who visit my neighborhood in the evening. This is so popular that local schools will make announcements over the P A System so all the kids know the password. And, of course, it ties into the Farmers’ Almanac. The twist is that I give out King and Giant sized candy bars and I have 18 different varieties. This year, I am prepared with over 2,000 bars for the 400 – 500 who come to my home. If you happen to live in my town and mention this blog… there will be extra candy for your treater. More tomorrow.

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