Cold winter?

It’s getting to be that time of year when thoughts start turning to the next big season ahead.   Sure, fall arrives Monday, but the bigger season in terms of cold, snow, ice, and yes, heating bills, looms just a few of months down the road.   The Farmer’s Almanac has already created some chatter with predictions of a cold and perhaps snowy winter. 

There’s a funny thing about winter forecasts.  Ask most prognosticators what they think will happen, and I bet the majority will call for a colder and snowier than normal winter (unless there are obvious signs otherwise).  There’s something about human nature that in some way craves speculation that the upcoming winter will be worse than the last.  I’m not sure about this, but it seems to be true.

In any event, the forecast for this winter is still being digested and formulated by meteorologists here and elswhere.  As a VERY preliminary guess, I would hedge on the side of colder with more snow than recent years.  Based on our past multi-year snow-drought, though, that’s not necessarily too hard to figure.

Posted by Jim Duncan


4 Responses to Cold winter?

  1. Bev says:

    If the amount of acorns falling indicates the coldness of the winter, we are in store for a real cold one! I have more acorns coming down than I’ve had for over 20 years!

  2. Eryn says:

    Growing up in the mountains of Virginia I learned about different types of “winter predictors” given by mother nature. Certainly the amount of acorns falling from trees was one example, but I also heard that the thickness of the black strips on woolly worms, the “fatness” of squirrels, the temperature of the so called “Indian Summer”, and the timing of the first frost were accurate indicators of the winter to come.

  3. Sharon Hart says:

    The acons are falling in bunches. Is this a sign of a real cold winter?

  4. Kristin says:

    I hope the Farmers Almanac is right. I REALLY miss snow. I’ve got two kids ages 6 and 2, the youngest has never seen a real honest to goodness snowfall that lasted more than a few hours. My oldest has, but he doesn’t remember it since he was only 2 1/2 at the time!

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