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FICKLE FALL WEATHER
New England weather is definitely unpredictable and our spring and fall seasons demonstrate that all too well. There are many old-wives tales and folklore that try to predict the upcoming winter weather but all are unscientific and none really give results that are useful. They are simply a fun way to try your hand at amateur long-range weather forecasting!
We’ve all heard about woolly bear caterpillars and their black bands – the more black, the more severe winter. But, if you encounter many woolly bear caterpillars, you’ll notice their color bands are quite different. Folklore also tells us that whatever day of the month the first snowfall occurs, we should expect that many storms before spring. It was 10 years ago that it snowed on October 29th (which cancelled trick-or-treating) and, thankfully, we did not have 29 storms that year!
One thing we’ve been encountering is typically spring flowers reappearing for a second fall bloom. If we are to believe the folklore, expect a cold 2021-2022 winter.
“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” -Robert Brault
Come see us on The Green, Sunday, October 31st for the NM Parks & Rec’s Trunk-or-Treat event! We’ll be there in costume handing out goodies at this FREE fun family celebration between 5:30 – 7:30 PM!
test your knowledge
Q: “Lamb’s Wool” was the most popular Halloween drink in the 18th Century and was made with milk and crushed _______.
Chestnuts? Grapes? Apples? Potatoes?
Last Issue: Fire Prevention WeekTM was started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to teach children and adults how to stay safe in the event of a fire and also commemorates The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Only 20% of respondents answered correctly.