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Attack of the Acorns! What Does It Mean?

One sign of the winter to come is an abundance of acorns and squirrel activity. What's happening where you live?

As we wait for the Persimmon Lady’s annual persimmon seed forecast, we like to look at some of the other “signs from nature” to determine what type of winter lies ahead.

Is your tree dropping green acorns? See what it means here!

Sign from Nature: Abundance of Acorns

According to folklore, another popular sign of winter is the abundance of acorns in the fall and the observation of squirrels activity. Five years ago, my lawn was filled with buckets and buckets of acorns and it was only July 8th. Yes, it was a snowy winter that year. This year, I’m hearing reports from friends in New Hampshire that acorns have been dropping like crazy. It was as if Mother nature just let go. When they started to clean up, a hard hat was necessary because they were getting pelted.  And, yes, the fat squirrels are loving it.

It doesn’t matter if there are lots of acorns in Maine or New Hampshire; if you live in New York, North Carolina, Minnesota, or elsewhere, it may be a sign for your area. So, what is your acorn situation? We’d love to hear the acorn reports! Tell us in the comments below.

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We live in Southwestern Indiana, and I have been freaked out, at the amount of acorns, from 1 tree. The landscape rock (huge area), they’re stacked, yard is Covered.


Acorns are noticeably bad here in Berlin Maryland

Anna Forest

Over taken by acorns. Never seen anything like it. Lived at my place over 20 years.


Acorns galore, here in Woodstock CT. Walking at Roseland Park , I almost went done, it felt like I was on roller skates.


We have SO MANY acorns here in Georgia. This year is definitely noticeably more than the last couple years. My front yard is a thick blanket, that no matter how many times we scoop up there’s more within an hour. My son was out today scooping them up and he wore his bike helmet!


Here in Manassas, Virginia we have the same. Tons of acorns to the point my husband is afraid he will get his eyes put out if he looks up while doing yard work.

My father, who would have been 100 this year, would have said it was a sign of a hard winter coming. He grew up in the Blue Ridge of Virginia and they lived by nature’s signs.

We shall see!

Susan Higgins

Hi Paula, yes, our article, “20 Signs of a Hard Winter” includes acorns as a sign. Take a look!

Lydia K Adkins

We are calling fall of 2021 the attack of the acorns! Here in Midlothian Va there are so many acorns dropping it’s almost hazardous to be outside!


Annapolis – and our oak tree has dropped a gazillion acorns – last 4 years hardly any – this year I cannot see the ground for the layer of acorns.

Susan Higgins

Lydia, we’re hearing a lot of that! Could it be a sign of a hard winter ahead? Take a look!

Karen McMillen

There is also a bumper crop of acorns on the west coast in California. Specifically in Sonoma County where I live. Most fall when they are brown but there are also many green acorns falling. They’re everywhere, so thick it’s hard to walk the trails. The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue asked county residents to bag them up and bring them so they could feed the four orphaned bearcubs that had just arrived. In just three weeks they posted to stop bringing in acorns as they had more than they could use. I understand it’s called a mast year that happens every 3-5 years and insures the proliferation of oak trees.

Maggie Ploener

3x normal acorns. They are hitting my car, My House and Me. They have been dropping for over a month. I haven’t seen a lot of squirrels. ps I live in NY State.

Janet G

My lawn is a carpet of acorns. It is like a hail of bullets

Kerry Baker

East Hampton Long Island NY. Had lots of tiny green acorns all summer. Now in fall we are being BOMBARDED with large brown acorns all over the driveway the yard the street. In 35 years of living here I’ve never seen so many acorns!! I just ordered two cords of firewood. I’m a firm believer in watching nature to know what’s coming up!!

Shelly Smith

Huge green acorns falling here in Maryland, since early August. I’ve never seen so many drop so early.

Nikki White

I live in Gaffney, SC and day and night it’s raining acorns all over my roof, cars, and driveway. I can’t keep up with cleaning them up.


Acorns falling like rain – heavy rain. Filled 5 bags to start. Also have red squirrels cutting off green pine cones and storing. Shoveling them off the driveway 50 at a time.

Kerry Baker

Yes! And I’m also seeing very mature evergreens that never produced pine cones before are now producing them!!!

L L Hamilton

The area near our woods is so full of acorns that it is as if it is tiled with them. We are just outside Grand Rapids in Rockford, Michigan. Lots of squirrels
🍁🐿. L L Hamilton

Simon Martin

I’m from New Jersey and In my yard the acorns are massive and are everywhere. I have never seen them this size before

Winters coming!!!!!


Same! It’s disconcerting to hear them plinking on the roof all day and all night. Bigger and louder than ever. Can’t wait for this dropping period to be over.


I live on Cape Cod Massachusetts and we have an abundance of acorns this year. Its crazy trying to walk with sandals on because the acorns somehow get in under my feet. Ouch!!

Trina Priddy

I live in Corpus Christi texas and our 2 oak trees are also dropping tons of small green acorns all over the yard… I have never in 30 years seen such a large amount of acorns drop as we are seeing now…


San Antonio is the same!


Although ours are not green- all mature, brown

Leo Whalen

Live in northwest Michigan have twin oaks that have been letting loose of thousands of acorns for past two months, never been like this before in 20 years. Of course branches have gotten bigger over time but holy crap


In southwest Michigan our trees have been dropping like crazy got hit in the head once the sound they make when they hit cars and trash cans is unreal

Louise Pastorino

Fulton, California about 1 hour south of San Francisco. Lots of Acorns coming down like rain, can’t keep up with picking them up.

Bren H

I’m in Santa Rosa and getting the same. Just moved to this house last year and we didn’t have this issue. This year sounded like heavy rocks hitting the roof and patio!


Northern Indiana about an hour from Chicago. Tons of acorns in yard. Squirrels going crazy.


More acorns then usual they are on the small side though and green. In mid Florida gulf side.


Southwestern Michigan and we have loads of acorns. The ground is carpeted with them.


Southwestern IL and our tree has been dropping them like crazy! I have never seen so many in the 12 years we have lived here. I almost need to put on a football helmet just to get to my car !

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North of Dallas. Acorns are dropping but they seem immature.? Someone has been trying to nibble on them but does not seen to like the taste of them!


Redding California. My yards are covered in acorns dropping like bombs nonstop.


Tons of fat acorns in So Cal Ojai. I’ve never seen so many blanketing the ground


I call it the Acorn Index. The severe winter of 2012-13 had acorns droping in June. This year the squirrels are lvoing it, for they have been feasting since mid july. Now they seem intenst on burring many that in July were left to rot. So my acorn idex for NW. Lower Michgan is lots of snow, and normal winter like temps. Last winter it was much less snow above normal, and warmer tempts.

However, there will no tbe a repeat perfromnce unless of course, again we have some climae change.

And finally for all of those “Geeenies” out there: There always was, and will be climate change as long as we have weather on this planet !


One of our oaks has dropped thousands of acorns. They hurt and bruise if you are hit. We’ve never seen so many and have lived here 9yrs. NW Oregon


I got nailed by one a few weeks back, I thought I was going to bruise up from it!


We’re in Southern New York, and there are acorns everywhere!


Acorns galore!! Plus I have more walnuts this year than ever before!


Tons of acorns here in upstate NY. Crunch- crunch…


It’s a veritable buffet for critters here in Maryland 😁


An abundance of acorns and hickory nuts. Crunchy walking around our yard. Chester County, PA

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Luann Belits

My back yard is pretty noisy this fall. More acorns on the lawn more then usual. Jersey Shore

Rebekah Alfano

Buckets and Buckets are raining down here in York, PA


Not much going on with acorns here in the Sierra Foothills in California. We have a lot of Oak trees and no acorns yet.


Here in Nevada City our oak trees are seemingly throwing acorns at the house! it’s been loud for weeks! TONS of them!


Tons of acorns dropping in South Carolina (the midlands)

Joey Randall

An abundance of acorns this year and must take care when walking outside … they hurt when they hit … and sound like raining rocks when they bounce on the deck of our cottage in northern Michigan.


I’m in Connecticut and have tons of acorns dropping


Acorns hitting the roof constantly this year. Sounds like you’re getting pelted with rocks!! We live in a wooded area of Acushnet, Ma.

Norma Stanford

I live in North Alabama. Everyone of my oak trees are overloaded with acorns. I’ve never seen this many in all my years.

Leo Whalen

Same here in northwest Michigan, really bad


Northeast Illinois, Squirrels, jays, chipmunks are enjoying the abundance of acorns this fall. We need a hard hat here too.


Tons of acorns falling in my yard. They ping off the house all day and night. The squirrels are loving it, but I need a hard hat just to get to my car! I’m m hoping it means a wet winter as Northern California can sure use it


Tons of acorns are falling off my one Oregon White Oak in my front year in Portland, OR. Those that fall on the paved road are turning into acorn flour by the auto traffic. Those in the yard are being enjoyed by the neighborhood deer.


Southwest Virginia – acorns falling like rain! I like the idea of the hardhat from one of the posts!


Central Massachusetts; lots and lots of acorns. We had some green ones in summer I attributed to storms, but now we are having quite a lot of brown ones! We were commenting yesterday that I don’t remember seeing this many in the road before. It’s like biking on ball bearings and many getting crushed by cars.
We’ve had a very wet spring and summer with many storms measured in inches. So far autumn is fairly wet as well.

Robyn G

I am in New Bedford MA and it’s crazy here too! I have never had my house “Acorn bombed” before. I can be in the back yard and hear the acorns hitting the roof and siding on the front of the house.


In northeast Ohio…more acorns than the last several years


Tons and of Acorns in Ohio near Lake Erie. I’m picking them up off my deck with a Snow shovel. Is that a sign of more shoveling to come?


No acorns in Central Texas. What does it mean?


Tons of acorns in San Antonio.
One day haul from small backyard was a 50lb bag! And we had cleaned 3days earlier. Hard hats, indeed.


Tons of acorns in Northeast Pennsylvania.

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