acornsEven though fall is really just now getting underway, there are already signs of the coming winter. Two weeks ago I took Thistle to the woods and had to practically dodge falling acorns. I stood up the trail from a massive oak and listened to so many pelting through the leaves I couldn’t even count them.

You know what that means.

A hard winter!

I suppose it makes sense that nature would provide a wealth of food ahead of a long, cold winter. Of course, there are quite a few other signs you can be on the lookout for if you want to know what sort of winter is in the offing.

  • Woolly worms – Each of the worm’s segments is meant to represent a week of winter–black is cold and brown is mild. I have yet to see one of the critters, though, so no prediction yet.
  • Wasps Nests – The higher the nests, the worse the winter. If you see hives low to the ground, snow should be light. If they’re high in the eaves and in the trees–look out!
  • August Fog – Every foggy morning in August equals a winter snow. Did you pay attention?
  • Spiders – If it’s going to be a rough winter, they’ll spin larger webs and move into your house in abundance.
  • Pigs – Keep an eye out for pigs gathering sticks–it generally indicates a dramatic change in the weather AND it’s pretty funny to see.