It won't be long before the leaves start to change, the smell of pumpkin, apple and cinnamon fill the air and the farmers are in the fields harvesting their crops. Fall is defiantly starting to knock on the door.

Source - SciFri YouTube

It never fails, EVERY YEAR you hear people say, "They say it's going to be a bad winter this year". You hear all sorts of wives tales based on nature. For example, the Woolly Bear caterpillar phenomenon. According to legend, if the Woolly Bear has a narrow orange band around its center, there will be lots of snow that year.

 

For more on the Woolly Bear phenomenon, check out this video from the SciFri channel.

Another source us Iowan's like to turn to when it comes to predicting the weather is the 'The Old Farmers Almanac'. So we thought we'd thumb through it to see what we have in store for us this winter in the Cedar Valley. Here's what they had to say.

"Winter will be milder and drier than normal, with near- to above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid- and mid- to late January and early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, mid-January, and early February."

They had us at "Mild" and "Dry". We always did like that book. If you want a more in-depth look what our winter will be like this year, you can pick up your own copy HERE.