For Many Americans, Labor Day marks the end of Summer. It also marks the beginning of football season. Retailers have clearance sales on all their summer wear, as they begin to transition into fall and Christmas. For me, it brings a smile to my face knowing the days are getting shorter and the days are getting cooler. The end of summer, however, also marks the time when Mother Nature begins to give off her signs of what our winter will be like.
This morning, I went out for a hike in one of my usual places. I’m pretty sensitive to this specific environment, because I go there all the time, so any changes to the environment are very obvious to me. Well, the big thing I noticed is the amount of Acorns in the trees. There is an amazing abundance of acorns… UH OH! That typically means a harsh winter. For us, here in California, that means cold and extra wet.
Knowing the new Farmer’s Almanac was just released for the 2013-2014 year, I quickly looked it up and yep they predict a very cold winter. Not stopping there, I also cross referenced my local area weather through another site, … Yep above average rain and cold.
According to live Weather Blogs http://www.liveweatherblogs.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewdiscussion&groupid=8&topicid=1122&Itemid=179
California will have above average rainfall and snowfall and even a few very big winter storms esp. along the coast.
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It hasn’t been proven weather (Yes I intended to spell it this way) a bumper crop of acorns is connected to a harsh winter, but this kind of folklore doesn’t come into existence just like that.
So, what other type of weather predictors are out there? Here’s a few:
Cut open a persimmon seed. (Find persimmon fruit in your supermarket. It should be locally-grown to reflect your weather.)
Look at the shape of the kernel inside.
- If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
- If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
- If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.
It’s best to use ripe seeds.
the Scarlet Pimpernel, which has been called the “poor man’s weather glass”. This is because its flowers open in sunny weather, but close tightly when rain is expected… Boy we have a lot of Scarlet Pimpernel.
This is one of the most well known natural weather indicators. It is said that when cows are lying down in a field, rain is on its way. This is explained by the fact that the cows sense the moisture in the air and are making sure they have somewhere dry to lie down. Next time you see cows in a field see if they are lying down or standing up.
One of the most reliable of all natural weather indicators are pine cones. These have traditionally been used to forecast the weather as they change shape according to whether it is wet or dry. In dry weather, pine cones open out as the scales shrivel up and stand out stiffly. When it is damp, they absorb moisture and as the scales become flexible again, the cone returns to its normal shape.
There are many others. These are just a few examples.
What have you used as a reliable weather predictor?