Signs of a Hard Winter
I am starting to get questions about signs of winter. While much of the country is baking in 100+ temps, the season is a changing. Last year in early July, I noticed an abundance of acorns dropping on my deck — I mean hundreds, and summer had just begun. I did a quick video which opened a North American wide discussion about what it meant.
The 2011 Farmers’ Almanac featured 15 signs of a hard winter. It is our belief that long before the creation of technology, animals and farmers had to make observations about what was happening around them in order to prepare for the upcoming winter. Here are two of the most popular:
– If there is an abundance of acorns and squirrels are seen gathering them early, it is a sign of a hard winter.
– Narrow orange band in the middle of the woolly bear caterpillar warns of heavy snow; fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold.
So, last summer and fall, hundreds of people told us about the enormous drop of acorns — I mean just about everywhere. It could be heavy in one place and light elsewhere since all winters are not created equal. Last winter was severe in most of the places I heard about. So, what is in store this winter?? I have not seen acorns dropping thus far. But what are you seeing with acorns and caterpillars? If it is too early to tell, let me know what you think as we get into September.