Ok so 'the media' sounds the horn a little too much about the weather. We just got into autumn but we've 'known' for weeks now, according to the Farmers Almanac, that we are in store for another nasty winter. Snow, cold, arctic sunshine it was dubbed the "polar coaster". Throw all that stuff out the window, here are 10 signs according to Cleveland Meteorologist Dick Goddard, who is still with us at the age of 88. Have you seen any of these?

  • The Early Departure of Geese and Ducks
  • Thick Hair on the Nape of a Cow’s Neck
  • Raccoons With Thick Tails and Bright Bands (speaking of trash pandas, anyone else notice how huge these things have become?)
  • Spiders Spinning Larger-Than-Usual Webs and Entering the House in Great Numbers
  • Pigs Gathering Sticks (no, not one of the three little pigs)
  • Unusual Abundance of Acorns
  • Muskrats Burrowing Holes High on the River Bank
  • Squirrels Gathering Nuts Early (maybe because of all the acorns?)
  • Frequent Halos or Rings Around the Sun or Moon Forecasts Numerous Snowfalls
  • Thicker-Than-Normal Corn Husks

There are about 10 more that Dick Goddard wrote about back in 1978 in the very same publication that is giving us a dire winter prediction this year, the Farmers Almanac.