Time for my winter prognostication. After all I live in the land of the groundhog. Punxatawney Phil is my neighbor.
I must admit that I love to predict the severity of the winter. It's a crapshoot, of course, but WTF? Weather prediction is a fun, wholesome recreational activity. If I'm wrong, "Oh well." If I am right, I can smile smugly and think, "ha." No harm. No foul.
For the record I am predicting a cold, wet, snowy winter.
I am basing my prediction on nuts. I swear by the nuts. The more nuts, the more snow.
We walk through the woods a lot. I notice the nuts on the ground.
I have noticed a correlation between the number of nuts and the severity of the winter. Few nuts - light winter (the last several years). Numerous nuts - nasty winter. The last time I noticed we had 36 inches of snow during one storm.
Some people predict winter's wrath by other methods...wooley bear caterpillars, hornet nest heights, the Old Farmers Almanac.
I'm curious to hear your predictions and methods. We could have a contest...or not.
If this is boring to you, I apologize. Most of you know I'm a weather geek.