Time to change the header here at Soliloquy. We’ve avoided any snow in my area so far, but with much cooler temperatures seeming to be the norm now, it can’t be far away. Remembrance Day always seems like an appropriate time to change one’s mindset from all that spectacular fall colour to winter’s wonders.
I read, with interest, the winter weather predictions in the Farmer’s Almanac a few days ago. Here’s what it had to say about winter in Atlantic Canada:
Winter temperatures and precipitation will be above normal in Newfoundland and Labrador and below normal elsewhere. The coldest temperatures will occur in late December, mid-January, and early February. Snowfall will be above normal, with the heaviest snowfalls in early and late December, mid-January, mid- and late February, and mid-March.
And our spring/summer, apparently, look like this:
April and May will be cooler and drier than normal. Summer will be cooler and rainier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in early July and mid-August. September and October will be cooler than normal with near-normal precipitation. Watch for the remnants of a hurricane in mid-September.
This is all rather interesting and the Almanac is surprisingly accurate. If you’d like to read their forecast for your area here are the links:
So, it looks like we’re in for a snowier, colder winter. Hopefully, it’s nothing like February of 2004 when we experienced a 3-day storm that was dubbed “White Juan”. The photo below was taken by my daughter in the neighbouring town of Wolfville where snow accumulation was waist high.
It’s anyone’s guess how winter plays out, but here are a list of “fun signs” to watch for — they say winter will be severe if:
* Geese fly south at a high altitude.
* Oak trees bear many acorns.
* Chipmunks are abundant.
* Lakes and rivers freeze later than usual.
* Onions grow thicker skins than usual.
* Squirrels are gathering a large supply of nuts.
* Woodpeckers appear early.
* There are lots of berries.
* Corn husks are thicker and stronger.
Don’t forget to let me know about the first snowfall in your area! There are already nine entries in the First Snowfall Project — check them out at your leisure. Leave a comment here, or with the original post, and I’ll add your First Snowfall to the list!