My old friend and neighbor, Milan Conklin, had a saying or proverb for every occasion, every season. He used to say that “you have to hear the peepers three times” to be sure spring was really here. So we heard the peepers a few weeks ago for a day or two, then it got cold, and of course we heard them again during the past week when the weather was unequivocally balmy. But wait! The weather is not settled yet–at least not according to Milan’s Law. One more cold stretch before we hear the peepers again and we’re firmly on that path to summer.
Want a more scientific explanation of peepers? (Mind you, Milan’s Law seems to be pretty reliable.) Here’s a story we aired a couple of years ago.
What “rules” or observations have helped you predict the arrival of spring? And are those rules holding up in light of weather irregularities in recent years?