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12 signs that a harsh winter is coming

Historically, we have used nature to help us predict time; Here are some pointers drawn from generations of popular wisdom.

In 1978, the Almanac Farmers published a list of 20 signs suggesting that a harsh winter is in preparation. Compiled by meteorologist Dick Goddard, they are charming for sure. A Guinness world record holder for the longest career in meteorology (51 years and 6 days), Goddard knows a lot about the weather. And the weather folklore too, apparently.

While these days, we rely on all sorts of magical techniques for our weather forecasts, the whole story before our eyes examined the natural world to get an idea of ​​what was going to happen.

Here are 12 of the 20 signs, which, according to The Almanac, are still topical. I can not say if all these elements have a scientific basis, but they certainly have generations of popular wisdom to do so. Some of them seem to be indicators of a beginning of winter, but we will see well with regard to gravity. I know I will always watch weather reports, but do not be surprised if you see me considering an ant parade. Animals have a good sense of these things; who are we to not listen to them?

1. Pics sharing a tree.
2. The anticipated arrival of the owl snow.
3. Early departure of geese and ducks
4. Heavy mists and numerous in August.
5. The early arrival of crickets on the hearth.
6. Pigs picking up sticks.
7. Ants walk in a line rather than meandering.
8. Early isolation of bees in the hive.
9. Unusual abundance of acorns.
10. A high hornet's nest to indicate the level of snow
11. It is said that very fluffy woolly bear caterpillars mean that the winter will be very cold.
12. Squirrels picking nuts early.

Are there any signs on which you rely that indicate a harsh winter ahead? Let us know in the comments. And you can see the rest of the signs at the Almanac Farmers.

Historically, we have used nature to help us predict time; Here are some pointers drawn from generations of popular wisdom.

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