In October, I promised my winter weather predictions based on what the squirrels were saying (actually, based on what the squirrels nests were showing me). I did that last year and it turned out to be uncannily accurate, more accurate than the regular forecasters or the Farmer’s Almanac.
Well, this year ladies & gentlemen, we have a split decision.
This squirrel obviously thinks it’s going to be a warm winter–and I like this prediction because this is from a squirrel that’s built a nest right on my property (yes, I still do have one or two trees with tops left–but just a couple–that’s a post for another day).
This squirrel, 5 houses away, has a different opinion. Its nest is much higher–as high as the ones from last year. It thinks winter will be bitterly cold.
This is actually consistent with a La Nina winter–it can be both warm and cold depending on the “oscillation” or phase. So perhaps the squirrels know something the meteorologists don’t yet know–that we’re in for quite a ride this winter.
And based on what’s gone on this year so far, would anyone be surprised? I wouldn’t.