Farmers’ Almanac: 20 Signs of a Hard Winter Ahead

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Big snow.

There are a lot of old wives’ tales about how to predict a harsh winter during the fall.  A lot of them are ridiculous and wrong, but these ones here… these ones here are tried and true, 100%, bet your bottom dollar.

“Ok, the Farmers’ Almanac prediction for a Numbingly Cold winter is out, but what are the real experts saying?  A wonderful friend of Ray Geiger, (Cleveland weather guru – Dick Goddard) put together a laundry list of “signs” of nature. We featured these in the 1978 edition and it is still relevant today.”

– Farmers Almanac

Deep snow at Mammoth ski resort, CA in 2011, farmers' almanac hard winter
Deep snow at Mammoth ski resort, CA in 2011.

20 Signs of a Hard Winter Ahead

  1. Thicker than normal corn husks
  2. Woodpeckers sharing a tree
  3. Early arrival of the Snowy owl
  4. Early departure of geese and ducks
  5. Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
  6. Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
  7. Heavy and numerous fogs during August
  8. Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
  9. Mice eating ravenously into the home
  10. Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
  11. Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
  12. Pigs gathering sticks
  13. Insects marching a beeline rather than meandering
  14. Early seclusion of bees within the hive
  15. Unusual abundance of acorns
  16. Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank
  17. “See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest”
  18. Narrow orange band in the middle of the Woollybear caterpillar warns of heavy snow
  19. The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
  20. Frequent halos or rings around the sun or moon forecast numerous snowfalls

All of these factual winter forecasting tools come from our friends at the Farmers’ Almanac:

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5 thoughts on “Farmers’ Almanac: 20 Signs of a Hard Winter Ahead

  1. A post nearly 10 years old. These guys do a great job at keeping the content fresh, original and something we all want to read.

  2. There’s an acorn mine field on my way to campus… I keep waiting to get knocked by one of those suckers on my way to class. Must mean good things for this winter according to reason #15. 😀

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