Maybe I am not the first to hear this news, but is it true? I’ve been hearing quite often lately that we have a bad winter coming. Or at least a very cold one…but how do these magical people know? My Mom likes to say that a lot of acorns on the ground means a bad winter is on its way. I don’t know if there is science to that, so I decided I would look into it before making any assumptions…because there have been quite a few acorns dropping.
First, before jumping straight into this winter I wanted to cover more of how meteorologists go about predicting the weather. It really comes down to air masses and their patterns. Air masses move in predictable ways so meteorologists usually can have a pretty accurate prediction on a forecast. But every once and a while they are off. General patterns that have been kept track of for seasons on end are what help forecasters predict the future of our weather…pretty neat. I won’t stick on the basics for too long because I have a bigger idea for this blog. Bear with me.
I came across a farmer’s almanac and they have 20 signs for a hard winter. I won’t list them all but here’s a couple: thicker than normal corn husks, woodpeckers sharing a tree, early arrival of the Snowy owl, early arrival of crickets on the hearth, early seclusion of bees within the hive, UNUSUAL ABUNDANCE OF ACORNS (Mom is always right), and frequent halos around the moon or sun forecast numerous snow falls. There are more to the list, if you want to check out the cite I’ll include the link for my fellow bloggers. But honestly, WOW. It’s amazing what people pick up on nature, the subtle changes can indicate so much. Some people may say it’s bologna, but watching the natural changes in nature- just like the weather forecasters- can help predict weather to come.
I find it fascinating that the world around us is always changing, adapting. Luckily people can pick up on the fact that it means something. Cause and effect. I really believe there’s always a meaning to something, even if it comes down to an excess in acorns. Which apparently can indicate a harsh winter… I guess we will all just have to wait and see!
P.S. They’ve been using this list of signs of nature since 1978.
Also, I know I went from meteorologists to acorns- so I hope you can keep up with the natural course of my fascination!