The Squirrels Have Gone Crazy
By Heidi Sonen & Roscoe Shaw
“I done counted 36 smushed ones on my way home from work Friday.” That’s what a friendly fellow at a party recounted in gory detail to Heidi and me last week. Unfortunately, our eight year old had to hear this, too. But sometimes the truth isn’t pretty. It’s true. The squirrels have gone crazy.
I personally had a crazed furry varmint stop my car on Crozet Ave. I honked and he stood his ground. I rolled the window down and yelled but he wouldn’t move. The same day, Heidi came home and said, “One tried to commit suicide in front of my car on Jarmans Gap.”
So, what does this say about our winter ahead? This is the time of year that everybody asks us about the Farmer’s Almanac and the crazy squirrels and the bands on wooly worms. And every year, we have the same answer. Squirrels and wooly worms and the Almanac don’t have a clue about the winter ahead. Neither do the advanced computer models that meteorologist have been working on for the last 70 years.
Unfortunately, science is only slightly better than flipping a coin or asking a squirrel at this point, so we’ll have to just wait and see.
September was the eighth straight month of colder-than-normal weather, which is an impressive streak. However, with an average high of 77, that still made for a delightful month. The streak may end in October, however, since the first week should start with a warm stretch of Indian Summer.
We also had a streak of four straight wet months, but September was very dry. We had significant rain only once, on the 21st. One reason for the dry month was the lack of hurricanes. September is the busiest month of the year for hurricanes and often the remnants of storms from the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico get swept here and produce heavy rains. But the hurricane season this year has been almost non-existent.
September Rain Totals
- Normal 4.56”
- Crozet 0.93”
- Old Trail 0.99”
- Greenwood 0.75”
- Waynesboro 0.84”
- CHO Airport 0.65”
- Afton Summit 1.53”
- Univ. of VA 1.13”
- Nellysford 1.52”