10 August 2015

Portents

I noticed over the weekend that the summer's snow geese are starting to flock, and fly around. They're not heading south, yet. After all, it's only August, right?

But today there's this:


I note with some interest that shoveling snow isn't as much fun as it once was, but we're about due for another snowy winter. And if these early predictors are any indication, it could be a long one, too.


It's only August ... right?

11 comments:

Matt said...

We've noticed similar things here. Birds gathering together like they do right before they take off south, only way too early for that.

Rev. Paul said...

I'm not surprised to hear it, Matt. All the indications are that the weather patterns are changing everywhere.

airphoria said...

The birch leaves out my window are just tired looking. Is that early onset of winter, or the delayed consequence of a below-average-snowfall winter (followed by a somewhat dry summer)?

deborah harvey said...

laura ingalls wilder the long winter
it is part of a pattern, although things are changing

Rev. Paul said...

airphoria, "tired looking" is probably the lack of rain. Probably. The birch leaves here look fine, as we've had rain over the last month, but a few have already turned yellow and started to fall. Mixed signals..

deborah, I think we're seeing a paradigm shift toward colder weather. But I've been wrong before.

threecollie said...

Our swallows line up on the power lines in rows...not yet, but they are flocking

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, a sudden shift toward colder weather is coming. Maybe not this year - maybe - but it's coming.

Chickenmom said...

Same here with the geese, Rev. Paul. Starting to hear them honking at night. And the maple down the road is turning color already. In July the sumac trees were changing, too. Hazel nuts are falling also and the squirrels are busy.

Rev. Paul said...

Chickenmom, understood. I'm hearing the same stories from relatives in the Midwest. Seems we're in for an early autumn.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Interstate 70, West side of the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels, recently had snow but that is not unusual in Colorado.

Rev. Paul said...

WSF, that's some pretty country there. And you're right, of course. It would be a bit surprising if it didn't snow a bit at altitude, this time of year.