WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) - Nature can be beautiful, and it also provides us with signs...signs for seasons.
Long before we had computers and satellites to tell us what the weather might be for a particular season.
Our ancestors relied on the signs of nature to tell them what the seasons would bring.
That's how Kevin puts together his forecast.
We will break down December in a little more detail, because, hey...we all want a white Christmas!
Overall: A little above average temperature and precipitation wise
December Week One: We could get some showers, with relatively mild temperatures
December Week Two: We could see our first real snow of the season, somewhere around the 12th to the 14th. This snow could be around one to three inches.
December Week Three: Calm condition will prevail until around the 21st. That's when another snowfall could occur. I am looking at three to four inches. Just in time for Christmas!
December Week Four: Look for the month to end with occasional flurries.
Moving to January, oak leaves, and acorns. The temperatures look to be about average, maybe a little below. Precipitation looks to be above average.
The beginning of January: We are looking at showers and flurries to start the year. That will be followed by a stretch of warmer weather.
The middle of January: The week of the 14th could hold a possible winter storm. This would be the heaviest snow of the season so far. I am looking at four to six inches in some areas.
The end of January: It will be windy and colder to end the month.
February may find us with winter's strongest grip yet. Temperatures will be at average...or a little below, and precipitation will be above average.
Begining of February: The month will begin a little warmer, and yes, I think the groundhog will see his shadow. That is an indication that winter still has some kick left. I am looking at a light rain that will change to light snow on the week of the 4th.
Middle of February: A brief cold snap will start the week of the 11th, but then it gets warmer. Our next round of the white stuff could happen around the 18th to the 20th of the month. We could be looking at four to six inches. After that, another surge of colder air.
Want a printable copy of the forecast? Kevin is old school, and still handwrites it! Click here for the document.
The signs of nature don't always hold up, but then again, neither do computers.
We are looking at a more wintery winter than we've had in a number of years.