Wordless Wednesday Extra/Winter Weather?

In October, I promised my winter weather predictions based on what the squirrels were saying (actually, based on what the squirrels nests were showing me).  I did that last year and it turned out to be uncannily accurate, more accurate than the regular forecasters or the Farmer’s Almanac.

Well, this year ladies & gentlemen, we have a split decision.

This squirrel obviously thinks it’s going to be a warm winter–and I like this prediction because this is from a squirrel that’s built a nest right on my property (yes, I still do have one or two trees with tops left–but just a couple–that’s a post for another day).

This squirrel, 5 houses away, has a different opinion.  Its nest is much higher–as high as the ones from last year.  It thinks winter will be bitterly cold.

This is actually consistent with a La Nina winter–it can be both warm and cold depending on the “oscillation” or phase.  So perhaps the squirrels know something the meteorologists don’t yet know–that we’re in for quite a ride this winter.

And based on what’s gone on this year so far, would anyone be surprised?  I wouldn’t.

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday Extra/Winter Weather?

  1. joenesgarden December 1, 2011 / 8:16 am

    That’s an interesting idea … to observe squirrel nests as a weather predictor. I think we should all expect to be in for a wild ride when it comes to our weather in general. This has been such an unusual weather year … why should we expect any different in the coming months?

    • gardendaze December 1, 2011 / 9:06 am

      Absolutely right about weather in the last year–and of course it’s not just weather in New England or even weather in the US. World-wide weather has been getting crazier for quite some time. As a general rule, I’, not a big fan of the wooly bear caterpiller or any of those sorts of weather predicters–but these squirrels do seem to be onto something!

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