Just How Wintry Will Your Winter Be?

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:

CDN Weather Forecast and USA Weather Forecast.

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!


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

22 thoughts on “Just How Wintry Will Your Winter Be?”

  1. Thanks for the heads-up, Nancy. Yikes! I’m not ready. We had a dusting of snow on Monday that melted before I had time to get my camera (so doesn’t count, right :)

    By all means, Joey — wait until you get a dusting you can capture. We haven’t had a flake in my area yet, though some parts of NS have had a light covering.

  2. I’m scared to click on the link and read what it says about our area Nancy!!! I think the Almanac is amazingly accurate too, especially when I don’t want it to be (like colder & snowier years). Great blog header & post photos ~ I’m shivering just looking at them!

    The Almanac explains that it uses scientific methods for forecasts, along with trends, I suppose. But I’ve seen them predict major storms to within a day’s accuracy. I hope they’re wrong this year. Ah well, looks like a White Christmas at least. :)

  3. We have unusually large clusters of berries on our nandinas this year.

    Yes, the berries are ample here, too, as are acorns from the oaks. :)

  4. This year the Almanac & the National Weather Service have contradictory projections. My forecast? It will be cold. It will snow. There will be ice. It will all melt eventually.
    I like the new header, it’s crisp, yet colorful.

    Thanks Mr. McG’s Daughter — it seems a bit early for a snowy header, but one of these days when we least expect it…….. And you are completely accurate in your forecast!

  5. Hmm…we are going to have slightly above normal wet weather, but near normal snow! Which means it will get cold, it will rain, it will get very cold and there will be ice; and one day in February there will be an inch of snow on the ground! Lots of fun Nancy and I am glad we don’t get the snow you all get!


    Our snowfall amounts vary so much from winter to winter — a few years ago, we hardly had any snow at all, just lots of cold, dry air. Then other years, we really get lambasted. Fortunately, I love the snow. :)

  6. love your new header shivering just thinking about all that snow ..

    Thanks, Cherry — I don’t mind the snow at all. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste. :)

  7. I will send a snow shot when it comes, which I hope will be in January.

    love that header!!!

    Thanks, Sandy — I’ll look forward to your first snow shot, whenever it comes. :)

  8. Hi Nancy, I love the almanac and get the newsletters too. It is mostly about the colder climes in winter though. I think they missed the boat on Indian Summer this year, it was a week early. We get little snow here so my post won’t come until very late in the season. It is the cold then warm then cold then warm ad finitum that gets us. No packing away the summer type clothes, and dress in layers.

    If my garden still looked the way yours does, Frances, I’d certainly dread the onset of cold, winter weather, too. :) But I do hope you get enough snow to take a photo!

  9. We don’t get snow very often. We usually get rain. It has rained here all day long. Your header is so pretty. I enjoy the snow when we finally get some. I will probably be one of the last to report any snow. I will look forward to seeing all the other reports and photos. I will enjoy the snow vicariously.

    Vicariously is the best way to enjoy a lot of things. :) I hope your weather improves.

  10. Oh ho, my sister experienced “White Juan” and it was quite something!

    It was quite something — scary, almost. It was the worst storm I could remember, though my parents remind me of ones that were even more frightening many years ago.

  11. I’m also a devotee of the Old Farmer’s Almanac; it isn’t always accurate for where I live, but it very often is; I certainly consult it when I’m thinking about weather. I like the “signs of hard winter” list, I didn’t know about many of these.

    Yes, those signs to watch for are rather fun…and it’s surprising how accurate some of that folk lore is. Thanks for stopping by, Pomona!

  12. Thanks for the link to the Farmer’s Almanac, Nancy; I will definitely check out the forecast for our area! I’ll add another weather predictor to your list: in our area we look at woolly worms–the darker the caterpillar, supposedly the harsher the winter. I did see a couple black woolly worms earlier, and I definitely have lots more acorns than usual–uh oh.

    Your new header looks so peaceful and pristine, but I’m not ready for that snow yet!

    Thanks for your kind words about my header — it’s rather Christmasy, isn’t it? I’d never heard about the woolly worms, either!

  13. I love Farmer’s Almanacs–just picked one up the other day at the hardware store, in fact. I also love those folk wisdom ways of forecasting. I think I had heard the one about onion skins before (or something like it), but I hadn’t heard of the others.

    We don’t get terrible winters here–sometimes it snows, sometimes it doesn’t. And when it does snow, it’s never around for very long. If we get a good one, though, I can strap on my XC skis and ski around the ‘hood!

    I used to love to XC ski! We had 4.5 acres on my former property — lots of room to ski without embarrassing myself. ;)

  14. I love the new header Nancy. Very appropriate for the season we are going into. Great info from Farmer’s Almanac, thanks for sharing. I like the signs of winter, how interesting. Hope we’re not in for a bad one this year, we seldom get snow but when we do it can be pretty devastating for this area. Nobody knows how to drive in it here! :)

    Wishing for you a mere dusting of snow — enough for a white Christmas, perhaps?

  15. Beautiful header, Nancy. Snow has always been one of those very magical things for me. Obviously… I live in the tropics where cold means 20*C (about 45*F? ) … dont laugh!
    Oh alright, maybe just a bit, if you really have to…

  16. I became concerned when we had the most acorns I’ve ever witnessed in my life! NC use to have major winter storms and traveled on up the coast to become Noreasters. I wonder if this year will return our cycle to snowier winters. I sure hope so cause we need the moisture. I prefer the season changes too. For the past couple of years we’ve had extremely hot and dry summers with mild winters.

  17. I have to enjoy everyone’s first snowfall vicariously. We don’t get snow here. We get frost, but not until December and January. Today was a balmy 75F with the sun low in the sky casting long shadows. It was kind of surreal, to be honest.

  18. I love the wintry header — we very seldom get snow (a snowfall is a cause for celebration here), but occasionally have fierce ice-storms (with power outages), but otherwise our winters can be colder or milder.

    Sounds like the Almanac is predicating normal to cold, and dry — not so good for our continuing drought!

  19. I like the new wintry header, Nancy… but I’m still not ready to see that in my own backyard! And I don’t like the forecast of a colder than normal December… but the rest of it will be okay with me. (Okay, maybe not the spring drought. Ugh.)

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