Even though we have had temps in the 30's and even some snow around the Capital Region, the first day of Winter isn't until December 21st. Does a cold and snowy Fall mean it's going to be a harsh Winter?

Typically we look to the experts for the heads up on what to expect but weather forecasters have been frustrating us since I can remember. It often seems like they are wrong, even when they are right. Who can we turn to for reliable predictions? What about the animals around us?

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Long before radar and other forms of technology, farmers would watch the habits of animals to let them know what they are telling us about the weather. Are these patterns and predictions tall tales? Like with any folklore you wonder how much fact or fiction is involved.

Almanac.com says that many animals and humans alike are affected by changes in air pressure. For example, have you ever heard someone say a storm was coming because they can feel it in their bones? When your joints start hurting you’ are feeling the change in atmospheric pressure that comes with an oncoming storm. Animals are no different.

What can we expect from the Winter of 2021-2022? More importantly, what can the animals tell us about what lies ahead?

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