It May be 90 Degrees Today but there’s a snow harbinger in My Driveway!

Start those snowblower engines now. I have tons and tons of acorns in my driveway such that walking to the mailbox is tricky business. The squirrels are out in full force too, and I even saw a mouse with a mouthful of acorns.


The Farmers Almanac believes that the early acorn drop means a harsh winter.

There’s the Squirrel Burying Acorn Theory from a weatherman in Kansas City.

Of course, some say it’s just an old wives tale, that the true harbinger of a harsh winter is seeing Canada Geese flying in September.

The only thing we know for sure is that one reader here, Riverside Dog Walker, is laughing his head off because he and his wife are forsaking the northeast snow for Florida sunshine. And chris, he’s in California, saying we are all a bunch of suckers to live in the snowbelt.

Whatever you believe about the acorns, I think we can all agree that the current 90+ degree weather with 1000000% humidity is awful. Snow almost (almost) sounds good! Did I really say that?

Happy Thursday.


10 thoughts on “It May be 90 Degrees Today but there’s a snow harbinger in My Driveway!

  1. I come alive in the winter and I don’t understand people who say they love the heat of the summer. It melts me into a heap of bad mood. I do like to get to California in February but I couldn’t live in sunshine and heat all year long. Now that I’ve downsized to a townhouse, my HOA fees pay for all the snow shoveling so bring it on.

    1. Ditto Jane. I love winter, love the quiet beauty of the snow, and love how dark it gets early. That’ll be the toughest transition to living in Florida for me, and I am not sure I can even contemplate how strange Christmas would be in 90 degree sunshine. My friends who are already in Florida tell me its fabulous, they don’t miss the snow at all, and their kids come to visit far more often because they want to get out of the snow too.

      1. Clearly, different strokes for different folks. One of the things I like about Florida, as well as California, is the light. It is different, and to my eye brighter and clearer, than the northeast. We also hate when it gets dark at 4pm in the winter here.

        One year I was reading one of the Sarasota area blogs the week between Christmas and New Year. They posted pictures of everyone hanging out at the beach at sunset, with temperatures in the 70’s. I thought I could handle that.

        Also, Florida real estate agents will point out to you that statistically the temperature and heat index in Florida during the summer is less than those in the northeast. I’ve observed this to be often, but not always the case, as both locations are on my home page.

        We should all count our blessings for the ubiquity of air conditioning these days. Our generation is probably the last one to remember when this was not the case and air conditioning in cars and central air conditioning in houses was viewed as a luxury item.

        1. I’m not saying I CAN’T get used to the bright sunshine of Florida, I’m saying it might take me a while to adjust to no snow. I’m a slow learner. 🙂

          My grandparents never ever turned on the a/c on their house and we kids slept on the third floor where it was hot as hell. Being Italian, they didn’t even like to open windows – dirt may come in!! 🙂

          My grandfather smoked fat stogies and only had the drivers side window ajar when we drove with him – it was ajar so he could spit! We kids never thought much of it. It was the way it was.

  2. Are you speculating on the Ass-umption that the Farmer’s Almanac is “usually” correct?

    Do you want science, or just a blog topic for a too hot August day?

    Our snowfall pattern will be controlled by ocean currents and sun-spots, which are at an eleven year low point – meaning no sun spots. These control the various parts of the jet stream, which control the winter storm track.

    After that we have to get into the Madden- Julian oscillation – and you can really get your MJO on.

    “The Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO) is the largest element of the intraseasonal (30–90 day) variability in the tropical atmosphere. It was discovered in 1971 by Roland Madden and Paul Julian of the American National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).”

    1. Do you want science, or just a blog topic for a too hot August day?


      I knew I’d get the real answer from you but yes Farmers Almanac is often correct too.

  3. The storm tonight will wash away all those driveway acorns. We’re getting enormous thunder and lighting. Raining in sheets. Map says it’s over Bedford now.

    1. Its snack dab overhead NOW! Dawg is sleeping through it. Me, I’m the one cowering under the bed. It’s as bad a storm as I’ve heard/seen in a long time.

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