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PNW Squirrels super busy fattening up - Big snow winter coming contrary to El Nino predictions ?

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I've noticed the squirrels in my neighborhood (Greater Seattle area) have been super busy: knocking down tons of pine cones, gathering and burying food, ripping bark off trees for their nests, etc.  It appears to correlate very well, every fall when squirrels are really busy, and the fatter they get, the snowier the winter.  Last year, skinny squirrels = skinny snowpack.  It's barely mid-August, and the squirrels are way ahead of schedule and busier than normal.  Every weather forecaster and every model is predicting warmer and dryer in the PNW with the El Nino condition. Are they all wrong and the squirrels are right ?  We can still have an El Nino condition, with a slight northerly shift of the  much wetter weather, and if the jet stream cooperates and consolidates correctly, a few degrees cooler than expected, than BAM - Big Snow Winter in the PNW ???

 

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Elevated levels of Co2 in the atmosphere and heavier rains are feeding the foliage so there are more nuts and leaves for the critters to thrive on.  Also, having spring spring harder and faster while heat miser keeps winter and fall at bay longer results on longer growing seasons, also producing more foliage for these critters to thrive on.  Trees around here are blooming so big and full that giant branches and even trunks are snapping under the enormous weight of the leaves.

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Elevated levels of Co2 in the atmosphere and heavier rains are feeding the foliage so there are more nuts and leaves for the critters to thrive on.  Also, having spring spring harder and faster while heat miser keeps winter and fall at bay longer results on longer growing seasons, also producing more foliage for these critters to thrive on.  Trees around here are blooming so big and full that giant branches and even trunks are snapping under the enormous weight of the leaves.


Apparently you're unaware that here in Washington we're undergoing a drought with high temperatures.  Lots of forest fires, no rain to mention since May and the snow pack is GONE.  No heavy rains feeding the foliage here.  Enjoy.

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That is a fat ass squirrel my god.  They called him Speed Bump.

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That is a fat ass squirrel my god.  They called him Speed Bump.


Or call HER pregnant?

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Trailer park squirrel??  :dunno

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The local tribes are predicting a colder winter than normal.

 

They are seeing more white guys out getting firewood than normal.

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The local tribes are predicting a colder winter than normal.

 

They are seeing more white guys out getting firewood than normal.


That reminds me of when I was growing up..city folks would ask us how we knew when it was safe to put the fish huts out on the ice..we'd say "when the city folks stop falling through.."  :duck:

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Elevated levels of Co2 in the atmosphere and heavier rains are feeding the foliage so there are more nuts and leaves for the critters to thrive on.  Also, having spring spring harder and faster while heat miser keeps winter and fall at bay longer results on longer growing seasons, also producing more foliage for these critters to thrive on.  Trees around here are blooming so big and full that giant branches and even trunks are snapping under the enormous weight of the leaves.


Apparently you're unaware that here in Washington we're undergoing a drought with high temperatures.  Lots of forest fires, no rain to mention since May and the snow pack is GONE.  No heavy rains feeding the foliage here.  Enjoy.

Here in CA the foliage is unusually lush this year and the wildflowers the best I've ever seen. Of course now the stuff is dying and getting ready to burn if it hasn't already. But the increased CO2 and longer growing season trump drought around here. California native flora is drought adapted. Washington maybe not so much.

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Hope the OP is right. I am dying to hit Crystal again. 

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