Monday, October 1, 2012

Could Weather Folklore Be Predicting This Winter?

Could ACORNS Be Predicting This Winter?
Credit: Craft JR
The weather world has never been fond of folklore, old wives' tales- whatever you call it, forecasters generally don't approve. But a recent discovery of how acorns operate may be indicating what kind of winter we may be headed for.

The 'Squirrely Acorn Theory', as it's called by KSHB's Brett Anthony, can be used to help predict winter. In this case, Anthony watches for an anomaly of acorns. Last year, he reported below normal acorns. Lo and behold, below normal snowfall was observed in Kansas City, Missouri. This fall, Anthony says he is seeing more acorns than normally seen, and this acorn anomaly is being seen in other areas in the East as well. So, could we see an above normal snowfall this winter for the Eastern US as a whole?

Well, it just so happens that there are no reports for acorn anomalies, so that takes away predictions for large scale areas. Also, skepticism on old wives' tales has some truth to it- unchanging rules on what the weather is saying does not turn out well in many cases. However, this particular theory looks promising, and it may have been the only 'forecaster' to verify last year's winter.

You can read more on the Squirrely Acorn Theory at KSHB by clicking on this link.


Next Several Days To Be Unseasonably Cold

The next 6-10 days are looking much colder than normal, with the Climate Prediction Center depicting a 80% chance of below normal temperatures across the Midwest for the mentioned timeframe.

The floodgates currently holding back frigid Arctic air will be decimated in coming days, as unseasonably cold air flows south into the East US, impacting the Great Lakes, Midwest and Plains the most. The temperatures will drop enough to produce a chance of significant snowfall across the Upper Midwest and south central Canada.