September 12, 2017 5:32 pm
Updated: September 12, 2017 5:54 pm

‘It’s coming whether we want it or not’: Winnipeggers weigh in on signs of fall

Canadian Geese gathered at Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg.

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Record heat on Tuesday has made many wonder if fall is ever coming or will Winnipeg be living in an extended summer.

Tuesday was recorded as the warmest day of the year, but experts said don’t get too used to the patio drinks and sun bathing in the middle of September.

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“Really the days are getting shorter. It’s coming whether we want it to or not,” Barret Miller with Fort Whyte Alive said.

Miller said there are several ways to make your predictions for fall weather.

“From very folk based things to observing things in the natural world to sort of modern meteorology,” Miller said.

He said he turns to three plants to see where they are in development to make the decision on when fall will come, however the three plants are all telling different stories.

“The plant community is conflicted. I wish I could speak on behalf of the plants and give you one story.”

Miller added that on top of using plants to predict what fall will be like, many also use the behaviors of ladybugs clumping to be a sign that fall is around the corner.

He said squirrels have been gathering a lot of acorns and stocking up food which makes him feel as though fall is right on time.

“Really, the days are getting shorter. It’s coming whether we want it to or not,” Miller said.

Other Manitobans weighed in with their ways of predicting. The ideas ranged from looking at the thickness of an onion to feeling arthritis symptoms kicking in, all the way to feeling cooler temperatures at night.

At the end of the day, Miller said fall looks like it should be here in two weeks, right on schedule.

As for winter, his predictions may scare a few, and sound familiar to many others.

“First snow by Halloween, snow that stays by the middle of November, and a winter that is colder than last year,” Miller said.

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