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Re: OT: Nature

 I trust my cats to let me know about the weather
Right now we've just been breaking records with warm temps.

The older cat is really getting his winter coat, and dancing jigs-so I know
we are up for cold weather soon.

 How cold? According to his coat,
 I'd say we are going to have a normal winter here.
Old Sherbert is as good a judge of weather as anyone or anything.

I'll put my trust him.

Linda in CW AZ
-------Original Message-------

From: J. Griffin Crump
Date: 11/20/08 19:40:10
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] OT: Nature

Well, Steve, I'm reminded of weatherman Willard Scott, who once said that
folks might as well believe the groundhog,  because he gets it right about
as often as the professional weathercasters.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Szabo" <steve@familyszabo.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:32 PM
Subject: RE: [iris] OT: Nature

> So, I take it that the Weather Service does not read, or believe, the
> Old Farmer's Almanac, which, I am given to understand, has predicted a
> colder than normal winter.
> \\Steve//
> No. Virginia, Zone 6/7
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net
>mailto:owner-iris@hort.net";>owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort
net] On Behalf Of J.
> Griffin Crump
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:36 PM
> To: iris@hort.net
> Subject: [iris] OT: Nature
> The Weather Service's long-range forecast for November, given about the
> end of
> October, seems, in retrospect, about as rosy as the forecast for the
> housing
> market before the bubble burst.  The mercury has followed the stock
> market.
> The birds have headed south, too, except for the bold wren.  The river
> is
> beginning to host rafts of bluebills, who usually aren't here until
> December,
> if they get here at all.  That, I'm afraid, is a more reliable forecast.
> With the departure of so many birds, the Cooper's hawks are finding the
> pickings slimmer.  This morning, a female alighted low in the fringe
> tree at
> the end of the drive and took up her post.  Had I not seen her when she
> flew
> in, I would not have noticed her snugged up against one of the tree's
> slender
> trunks.  Neither did the grey squirrel which came loping across the
> street.
> When it was about 15 feet distant, she launched herself, low to the
> ground,
> made a sharp, climbing cartwheel, and hovered a couple of feet above the
> squirrel, which was caught flat-footed.  It was the squirrel's lucky
> day,
> however, as the hawk apparently decided that the bushytail was a little
> larger
> menu item than it wanted to tackle.  When the attack didn't come, the
> squirrel
> raced to the tree the hawk had just vacated and sought shelter in the
> branches.  The hawk flew off, apparently in search of more suitable
> fare.  A
> little later, there was a lot of squirrel chatter in the back yard.  A
> male
> Cooper's was sitting on the fence, with squirrels at either end barking
> at it.
> The fence is a main highway of local squirreldom, and traffic was
> blocked.
> From the fence, the Cooper's could keep an eye out for chipmunks, which
> were
> just the right size for a snack.  In the end, however, he tired of the
> harassment and departed.
> Meantime, I've cut and brought in the few bloomstalks that are showing
> color,
> hoping they may bloom despite the couple of recent freezing nights.  The
> rest
> I have little hope for.  Even so, it's been an unusually good rebloom
> year
> here, and for that we can be grateful.  --  Griff
> Zone 7 along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, in Virginia
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