posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 01:57 AM
I'm in middle eastern Manitoba (not far from the Ontario border) and our elm trees started changing colour and dropping leaves about a month ago...
the middle of July for crying out loud... and I noticed our maple trees followed suit about 2 weeks ago. But the poplars and oaks still have full
green foliage, go figure.
My first thought was "Crap, we're in for one hell of a long cold winter."
And I have to admit my second thought was "Fukishima"... (I cringe at the thought of that one)
But what makes me think "early fall-long winter" is the fact that we already have thousands of geese feeding all around (for the past few weeks now,
usually we don't see them until September) and dozens of bears in town at night searching for food. It seems the animal kingdom is already on a high
gear feeding frenzy.
We don't normally get bears in town (very rarely), but this year they're so rampant to the point that you can't sit outside on the back deck at
night for fear of coming nose to nose with Winnie The Pooh... which tells me this has been a terrible growing season and thus they're resorting to
scavenging in town for lack of enough munchables in the surrounding forest.
I think we're in for a long cold winter folks.