Yes I said it! WINTER, and if you’re taking the time to follow the
SLEDCORE blog, than you’re probably fine with that! While we all know
we are a long ways out from hitting the snow…we know the trend, dash of
cold to get you thinking. Start staring at your sled and planning work. Get it
all done and wait some more… Bitter sweet to say the least. At Sledcore
we watch the weather A LOT. Not just the weather man, but by getting out
and really watching what Nature tells us, through clouds, winds, and even
talking to the ones that have been on the planet much longer than us! A
elderly lady once told me, “No clouds in the skies, lets the winds die”. It’s
very accurate. Same with the full moon, good weather always favours a full
moon. Or how about the famous “Red sky at night, Sailors delight!” As for
winter, there’s a pile of old folklore you can watch while you’re waiting for
Environment Canada to release that three month seasonal forecast.
Autumn is actually a really entertaining season to watch! Read through
some of these below and see what catches your eye over the next few
For every fog in August there will be a snowfall!
Whiles it’s a bit late to start counting, it’s still worth watching. For those of
us living on the island portion, it’s one of the only reasons to get excited
about fog! As far as I’m concerned you should count everyday that you see
fog no matter if it was seen on the river, lake or bay! Did you get lots of
August fog! (Doesn’t sound right does it? Think long term!)
If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.
If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry.
As far as I could tell the First week of august this year was hot enough to
knock your socks off, so let’s just go ahead and put a stroke in the major
“See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.”
I’ve heard this one numerous times, but the Farmer’s Almanac gives a
great rhyme. I use my shoulders as a reference point. If I have to look up,
than its built high!
The orange band on the woolybear (or Woollyworm) caterpillar:
For the odd time you see them, have a look, send us some pictures. A narrow orange band warns of heavy snow, and fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold.
Insects marching in a line rather than meandering.
Especially ants…watch the ants
Early and Plentiful dog berry tree have been said to indicate a lot of snow!
Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers.
Getting a lot of spiders in your house? Constantly amazed at the size of that web in your walkway? Yep…were getting a hard winter!
Have a watchful eye for some of these folklore priedictors and share some of your own! We’d love to see posts of pictures. Share what you guys think are natures way of predicting what the 2019 Winter will bring!