Farmers Almanac has released a list of 20 signs of a hard winter ahead. Keep an eye out for these signs as a forecast, outlook, prediction of harsh winter weather for 2019 / 2020.
Note: Farmers Almanac has not yet released their winter weather forecast for 2019 – 2020, but we will bring it to you once it’s published.
Here are the signs of a hard winter to come according to folklore:
- Thicker-Than-Normal Corn Husks.
- Woodpeckers Sharing a Tree.
- The Early Arrival of the Snowy owl.
- The Early Departure of Geese and Ducks.
- The Early Migration of the Monarch butterfly.
- Thick Hair on the Nape of a Cow’s Neck.
- Heavy and Numerous Fogs During August.
- Raccoons With Thick Tails and Bright Bands.
- Mice Chewing Furiously To Get Into Your Home.
- The Early Arrival of Crickets on the Hearth.
- Spiders Spinning Larger-Than-Usual Webs and Entering the House in Great Numbers.
- Pigs Gathering Sticks.
- Ants Marching in a Line Rather Than Meandering.]
- Early Seclusion of Bees Within the Hive.
- Unusual Abundance of Acorns.
- Muskrats Burrowing Holes High on the River Bank.
- “See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.”
- The Size of the Orange Band on the Woollybear (or Woollyworm) Caterpillar. According to folklore, if the caterpillar’s orange band is narrow, the winter will be snowy; conversely, a wide orange band means a mild winter. All black caterpillars are not Woollybears. And fuzzier-than-normal woollybear caterpillars are said to mean that winter will be very cold.
- Squirrels Gathering Nuts Early to Fortify Against a Hard Winter.
- Frequent Halos or Rings Around the Sun or Moon Forecasts Numerous Snowfalls.
What signs of a hard winter are you seeing in your back yard?