Every year we get a chance to study how nature predicts the seasons. Often our interpretations are right, but just as often we're wrong. One of those predictors for what kind of winter we'll have is acorns. Experts tend to believe that it is not the size of oak tree acorns which portend a mild or severe winter, but the number of acorns. The more there are, the harder the winter.
Last year we had so many acorns it was impossible to walk along the grassy areas, it was like walking on ball bearings. There were so many we raked, rolled and picked up gallons of the darn things and never reached the bottom. And, we had a miserably cold and snowy winter.
At the moment I am not seeing much in the way of acorns. Yes, there are some, and the bigger, waxy leaved oak trees have quite a few, but not the traditional leafed oaks. The weather prognosticators are all saying we're in for another winter like last year, but not according to the acorns..if, in fact, they are true forecasters. We shall see.