Do you remember the winter of 2015? Who doesn’t? My blisters have just healed.
The winter got off to a slow start, but we made up for it in the end. February and March were particularly harsh; it seemed to snow every second or third day, right into April. We were dealing with record snowfalls from Boston, Mass., to St. John’s N.L. Halifax, N.S. was among the hardest hit with more than 300 cm for the first time in 15 years.
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Why do I feel the need to bring this up in September?
Here goes: the September before that, 2014, my brother and his family were visiting from Ontario. Because it’s what farmers do, my brother noticed how tall the corn was in the fields as he drove across the Maritimes. At one point, he got out of this vehicle and walked into a field. He couldn’t wait to tell me that the corn cobs were up to his chin! He’s six feet tall!
Grandma Says: “If the corn cobs are higher than an average man’s chest, it's going to be a severe winter.”
And boy was it ever.
Last week, I took to social media to find out how things were looking in the farmers’ corn fields this fall. Based on my less-than-scientific survey, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of consistency.
However, I’m told the corn is short this year along Nova Scotia’s south shore and also across much of Pictou County, N.S. This might be accurate or maybe just wishful thinking.
Check it out and get back to me at WeatherMail@weatherbyday.ca .
Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.