For years I have referred to the farmers almanac, and nature around me to know what the weather will bring. I’m wondering if with the crazy weather I can still do that?
“Want to know if it is going to rain? Look at the leaves, they will curl up to catch and hold the rain long before you see the first cloud.
Want to know if it’s going to be a harsh winter? One of the ways we get an idea around here is to look at the caterpillars. Black bands mean harsh, brown bands mean mild. Check out this caterpillar my grand-daughter found.
This isn’t the only all black caterpillar we have found, I have only found one so far with a small spot of brown, but it wasn’t even a band which is what we look for.
I was raised a city girl, but my heart was never there. I’m still learning to watch nature to learn about the weather and I know I have a lot to learn yet. I know to watch the flocking of birds or the disappearance of butterflies and bees to know rain is coming. I have always been attuned to the smells in the air and so on, but I’m wondering if I can count on nature to tell me something now.
What do you catch yourself noticing and realizing it’s a sign of something to come? What do you look for when trying to determine how to plan for winter? Do you think we are expecting a return to a more normal season or something else?