Predicting a Wild Winter

America had a taste of winter weather a few weeks ago and it was only just the beginning. The United States is expected to have a harsh winter, and there are numerous studies and folklore stories with reasons to expect the abnormal forecast.

Photo from: Almanac

Photo from: Almanac

It is believed you can predict the weather with a ripe persimmon seed. This year the kernels were spoon-shaped, predicting a lot of heavy, wet snow will fall this year.

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Photo by: oakley originals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees are known to produce a greater quantity of larger pine cones than normal preceding a severe winter.

Plants are not the only determining factors. Animals and insects have their own ways to prepare themselves, foreshadowing a frosty winter.

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Photo by: IronChris

 

 

The woolly bear caterpillar has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather.  If the black stripes on each end are longer than the middle stripe, the winter will be harsh.

 

 

 

 

When hornets, wasps and bees start building their nests higher in the trees, expect a severe winter with lots of snow.

Another prediction is based off of animals having an unusually thick coat of fur. A similar sign is when animals, including pets, seem to be storing more fat than usual.

 

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Photo by: ChrisStubbs

 

Squirrels may also bury their nuts deeper than usual. The idea is that these animals can sense impending weather, and prepare for it by protecting their food.

 

 

 

 

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Photo by: Augiasstallputzer

 

 

Birds are known to fly south for the winter. When a flock of birds begin to head south earlier than normal, a colder winter is expected.

For those who do not believe the folklores, The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains a decline in solar activity combined with ocean-atmosphere patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic will result in low temperatures and a lot of snowfall during most of the winter across much of the nation.