It is a
time when we have to prepare for enough food, fuel and transportation
emergencies. Employers have to be somewhat understanding when a
worker can not get off their own road to drive 30 miles to work.
If you can get your car out of the drive and on to the surface
street, ice and slick roads become a problem. Travel is slower
and normal drive time of 15 to 20 minutes to your job becomes at least
When facing a hard winter there is going to be increased physical
work: shoveling snow off the roof, running a snow blower for hours on
end and learning to travel slower. No matter what type of
prediction you feel your winter season will be, it is always best to
be prepared for the worst.
seem to have a built in weather system and can predict hard winters
more easily than any human will ever be able to. When their fur
comes in thicker than normal during the fall it means there is going
to be a hard, cold winter. But this applies to animals that live
in the outdoors all the time, not your well pampered housecat!
Horses, goats and other barnyard animals that need extra protection
from the season are provided for by nature with an extra layer of hair
are a great predictor of the winter season to come. They build
their homes to protect them from the cold and weight of snow. If
a beaver dam is built thick and heavy, blocking a larger portions of
water mass than in years past, you can be sure the winter will be a
predictors of a hard, cold winter are when nuts and berries hang on
the branches after the last of the leaves have fallen. When the
oak tree still wears his leaves in October, it will be cold. One
predictor in our area of northern Idaho is an ash tree on one of the
local homesteads. The leaves have been thick this year and are
hanging on, so it is supposed to be a hard winter with the cold, but
normal snowfall. Normal where I live is four to five feet.
If we get over that then we are getting the hard winter.
the human body is capable of predicting coming storms and snow.
Joints hurt more, former injuries increase in pain during low and high
pressure systems. So many people can tell you the weather is
changing from mild to wild according to their own bodies.
“Feels like earthquake weather. Its gonna be a shaker.”
Scientist say it doesn’t exist. Skeptics laugh when someone says
its earthquake weather. But for anyone who has lived along the
west coast for any length of time, they will tell you earthquake
weather is real! I grew up in California with a whole family of
old wives and their tales. I learned early in life what
earthquake weather felt like and prepared for any ride it might bring.
becomes extremely calm, sometimes warm and sometimes hot. Birds
fly away from the area leaving an empty, too quiet feeling.
There is a eerie calm and the air is charged with electricity like
nothing you have ever experienced. You wait for that small
shaker, fault zap or the big one that can tumble buildings. It
may be the slow movement under your feet or one good shake that can
knock you off your chair.
it was coming, because of earthquake weather. I have felt it
many times while living along fault lines and sometimes there were
even earthquakes. If there wasn’t an earthquake during this
time, then it is explained away with "we got lucky" or "it was too
deep to feel" or "just wait, it means the next one will be the big
one." I love the feel of earthquake weather. It is scary,
exciting and just plain weird.
there are a few predictors of earthquakes in which only those who live
along fault lines believe: When ants come to the tops of the ground in
large number and in a big hurry; when a cat can’t seem to find a place
to stop and runs in circles in a panic state; when cows in the field
stand with their legs apart more than usual to brace themselves so
they won’t fall over during the shaking.
Whatever you believe, earthquake weather is real to many of us
fault-line honeys and we love it. Once you feel the charge and
calm, you never forget it. It becomes a part of an experience
that causes anxiety and fear at the same time as you wait for the
earth to move... and then wait for it to stop moving. There is
nothing like an earthquake to wake up your day.
enough, the only sure way to predict the weather is to wait for it to
arrive and then look out the window. Some of the superstitions
and lore seem to be right on, while others serve as entertainment to
the world. But if you want to find out the truth keep your own
weather journal to create a new generation of predictors and family