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Winter Weather Lore and Wasps’ Nests

Winter Weather Lore and Wasps’ Nests

A couple of years ago, the facilities manager here at Farmers’ Almanac mentioned that he was sure we would be having a snowy winter here in Maine. When asked how he knew, he mentioned the height of wasps’ nests he was seeing. In his travels around the property, he spotted a nest built high in the eaves of one of the buildings.

See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.

So, in addition to the signs of a hard winter shared we can add the height of a wasp nest as another sign from nature to watch. Weather lore tells us: If you see a wasps nest built low to the ground, expect little snow. If you see one built high, expect a lot of snow. The official weather lore rhyme goes like this:

See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.

While we don’t use wasp’s nest in our formula to predict the weather, we do enjoy the folklore and paying attention to how our ancestors prepared for the winter ahead.

What about where you live? Have you seen wasps’ nests built up high or low to the ground?

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  • Jill farmer says:

    We have one in Tennessee where we live and it’s big down the road way up up high in tree 🌳 hangs over the road I thought if they hung high high that meant snow ⛄️ always was told that as a kid!!

  • Christine says:

    We had a wasp nest about 10 to 12 feet high here in southwest pennsylvania. Our town is right at the bottom of the Chestnut ridge.

  • Ginnie Wiseman says:

    Found a hornet’s nest about 30′ off the ground on a tree limb. (Southern Indiana)

  • Amey says:

    We have noticed wasp nest 15 – 20 feet off the ground others 2 feet off the ground. Also alot more yellow jackets this year than last . What does this mean? Boise,Idaho.

  • Amber Miller says:

    Hornet nest in ground found when making s’mores with mom and cousin

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