Another harsh winter predicted for Shenandoah


The fall semester is slowly coming to an end with Father Winter’s icy attitude permeating our campus. Many of us are dreading his invasion as final exams approach, just another to add to a student’s already stressful life. The weather is predicted to become even colder as the season progresses. One has only to look at nature to realize that this season will be a harsh one. If you look on the ground as you travel along the walkway that runs from Howe Hall to the Brandt Student center then you can easily see that there is a multitude of nuts on the ground, and I am not talking about the half-deranged-from- sleep-deprivation kind. Some Native Americans observed the shells of acorns and the skins of onions to give them a vague idea about what to expect with the dropping temperatures. They observed that the thicker the exteriors of the onions and acorns, then the harsher the winter would be. It is unsure how the plants know how the weather will be, but the fact that they do and protect the means for their species survival is irrefutable.

The Farmer’s Almanac states that November will be an average 40 F with a prediction of thunderstorms to shower two and a half inches of cold rain upon us. So now would be a good time for you polar bear among us to rejoice. For those of you who, like myself, prefer the warmth then I only recommend wearing more layers because November is going to be be- low the average regional temperature for the season with an inch above average of rainfall. The Farmer’s Almanac suggests that around mid-November we have sunny weather only to then be hassled by rain and snow showers in certain areas. From then until the end of the year, we are forecasted to have snow showers and cold weather to look forward to, although there may possibly be a small temperature rise in December.

With all of these predictions many of us may be moaning but it is this kind of weather that forces us to become more inventive with keeping ourselves our warm. So whether you chose to hang out with some friends and share some warm drinks or just decide that wearing your bed covers like mummy wrappings will help keep you sane through this winter, just remember to have fun with it. As author and religious professor Gary Zukav once said, “We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”

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