It was unusually cool for mid-August in Paradelle the past week with some 40 and 50 degree overnight temperatures. I’m not worried that autumn will arrive any earlier than the autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere on September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT.

But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t already thinking about cooler weather. If you are a believer in weather lore, then you are already looking for signs of what autumn and even winter will be like in 2014-15. My earlier post on “Signs in Nature of the Winter to Come” has been one of the top articles on this site for the past month.

Here are a few weather indicators that you can take note of now to start your prognostications on the upcoming seasons, and my own observations in Paradelle:

Were ant hills high in July? Not around here.  Then winter will not be snowy.

Was the first week of August unusually warm? No. Maybe even a bit cool. Then the coming winter will not be snowy and seem a bit shorter.

For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in winter. None so far.

If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry. Still, a few weeks to go, but so far dry and “hard” (cold) seems to be the prediction.

I didn’t spot any bees’ nests, but if they are high in the trees, expect a hard winter.

Still to be observed this month and into early fall is whether or not the leaves drop early, which means fall and Winter will be mild. When leaves fall late, winter will be severe.  And squirrels gathering nuts in a mad rush and having very bushy tails point to a tough winter to come.

Check on those farm crops: Were corn husks thick and tight? What about thick apple skins? Both mean a tough winter. And onion skins thick and tough, mean the coming winter will be cold and rough. (Produce from your supermarket shipped in from across the country won’t help in  predicting for your own area.) See the pattern? The crops are toughening up for winter. On the other hand, a sign of a rough winter is when berries and nuts are plentiful.

Early signs in my neighborhood so far point to a dry and “normal” winter.  I’ll check back in when we get into autumn.