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Predicting Weather by the Geese


Most hunter/gatherers (i.e., guys) have an innate interest in the weather.  I read somewhere that the Weather Channel is one of the most popular TV channels among men.  Observing animal behavior is a great way to forecast pending weather without a TV.  I'm a big fan of Tom Skilling (WGN-TV Meteorologist) because he doesn't just tell you the weather, he teaches it.

In the Chicago area the geese are the best forecaster of cold weather to come.  During this past week Tom has been pointing out this expanding dome of cold air emanating from the arctic and working its way southward.  We've had a very mild winter so far and bird migration has not been very obvious.  But this week I've seen multiple flocks of geese on a daily basis flying south out of Canada.

The Northeastern US will experience its first true cold snap of the winter this upcoming week. 

Thank you, geese. 


Entry #88


justxploringComment by justxploring - January 12, 2007, 5:54 pm
Thank you, geese.

A good reason not to shoot them.
truecriticComment by truecritic - January 13, 2007, 12:43 am
TV also pointed out that bears don't hibernate in mild weather. So keep your eyes open for bears in Chicago.   Nothing to worry about if cold is heading your way!
Rick GComment by Rick G - January 13, 2007, 11:16 am
I've heard from reliable sources that there will be a bunch of wild, frenzied Bears in the downtown area at noon on Sunday. There will also be a flock of Seahawks in the vicinity.
justxploringComment by justxploring - January 13, 2007, 11:47 am
It's been very warm here too. I am covered in mosquito bites. I'm not sure, but I think TC wrote that tongue-in-cheek. As little as I know about sports, I realize there's a football team called the Chicago Bears. (how could I not since I read Rick's posts?) Because of the glacier melting due to global warming, we'll probably soon be seeing polar bears. Just watch out for the bi-polar bears.

I just looked at that word...it doesn't look right. Sounds as if I'm writing about bears who bat for both teams.
Rick GComment by Rick G - January 13, 2007, 5:01 pm
Nancy, You are right. There is a Wild Kingdom show on Sunday at 1pm Eastern on FOX-TV. The shooting location is Chicago and Jim Fowler will be discussing bear hibernation and bird migration. One of the two species will want to make it as far south as Miami by the end of the month.

We're hoping you see bears down there and not due to global warming. As usual you are invited to the tailgate party. We'll be serving salted bird tails and champagne.
truecriticComment by truecritic - January 13, 2007, 5:33 pm
There you go, Rick! Whether it's Bears or birds going South, look for cold weather at the end of the month!
justxploringComment by justxploring - January 14, 2007, 2:13 am
Sea Hawk was one of the first big adventure movies with Errol Flynn. Those were the days when it was okay for men to swing in the air wearing tights.

(If you are going to serve salted bird tails, make sure you serve Starbuck's with them.)

All jokes aside, I never got excited about football, even in college. The best athletes (in team sports) are basketball players. Think about how long they play without stopping. Plus, they all run around in their underwear.

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