Every year around this time I begin to hope for a winter full of cold weather and snow. Living in south-central Oklahoma this means I am usually greatly disappointed, but a man can dream. One of the things I do is search long-range weather forecasts, hoping to see “wet and cold” over my region, but early this morning I found something altogether different and knew I had to share it with you.

One of the sources people consult is the Farmer’s Almanac. A quick search through “The Google” produced this meteorological gem. Enjoy!

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.

Well there you have it…if you notice any of these signs around, you might be blessed with a white Christmas!