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What kind of winter will we have?

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By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

It’s that time of year to start speculating on our winter. Just by odds it seems that a particularly cold and messy one should be on the way. Our last few winters have not given us a good snowfall or even freezing conditions for more than a night’s temperature drop. I’m not sure that the pesky insects have been thinned out one iota during these mild winters.

Which of the old time signs do you believe? Wooly worms have not been that plentiful so far and the black and white brown patches have not been convincing.

The number of fogs in August was not unusual so if you believe in this we may have two or three snows.

I would like to comment on the shucks on the corn, but the raccoons ate all of mine so you will have to get an opinion from them.

Squirrels have been carrying away all of the walnuts in my front yard earlier this year so this may point to something.

My wife noticed possibly the most promising sign for an early cold winter. She had been preparing nearly 2 cups of sugar water daily for the hummingbirds at our feeder. Since the last cold front came through about half as many hummers are drinking the sweet water and one-half cup a day will supply them. Last year the migration south started in mid-September and the last cold Ruby Throated bird left the feeder early in October. They may know something about the upcoming cold that we don’t.So going to get the sleds out of the storage and knock off the dirt dobber nests in preparation for fun activities in the snow. Global warming will just have to wait another year.

Editor’s Note: Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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