I had a cat who lived to be 21. 3 times in her life, her fur went from typical short hair to thick as chinchilla. Soft, and lush. We live in the middle of Texas where we get a few freezes and rarely a dusting of snow. All 3 of the chinchilla fur years, we got full on ice and snow for days. And a non-typical cold winter. Mother Nature provided! (And gave a warning?)
Winters here in N. Alabama are normally mild compared to just about anywhere. I have been noticing the squirrels this year, they have literally eaten every acorn, hickory nut, pine cone, you name it, it's all gone. I better order some more propane, nature does not lie.
Folklore based on the "science" of "La Nina"? That is ludicrous, since the folklore you mentioned is centuries old and the "La Nina" garbage is decades old.
Note that “a more milder winter” is redundant. “Milder” means “more mild;” you don’t need both.
My story appeared in your column on March 15 and I am still waiting for my payment. I emailed you immediately after the column appeared to advise you of my new address.
I have received no response from you. I would appreciate a reply and a check for the money you owe me. It's been almost four months now!!!
I live in the Inland NW. This will be the third winter at my home. I was noticing today, my squirrels are pudgy. In fact, they're just plain fat. We had our first snow of the season this past Friday. I will gladly continue to feed my little friends through this winter. Especially since it's rumored to wetter & colder then normal.
One of the coldest winters I remember in the San Joaquin Valley of California was when I found caterpillar cacoons under my roof awnings in July.
It froze so hard that when you drove through a puddle of water it froze up right behind you.
Also as a 75 year old living here virtually all my life the late summers and falls feel different. When the trees waffle in their annual hibernation, sudden warm spells it is cold. Really cold. When you just suddenly see the leaves turning it is still very cold but not to the freezing, hard freezing level.
Rain can be felt in the air and sometimes people say they can smell it. Sudden storms and animals will pace, dogs bark, horses run in circles, cats sit and look at the skies, a lightening storm coming and birds can be seen walking around, not flying, until suddenly they just fly away in mass.
Strange place I live in.