Nothing scientific. Nothing posited. Just an observation.
I live in central Virginia and every fall (and all through the winter) geese migrate north. Yes, north. When I lived in Jersey (and other places) they migrated south for the winter--which was what I thought was normal.
However there is a good explanation. Geese seem to enjoy wintering in the Chesapeake Bay which is north of where I live.
Okay. All settled.
Except it is the 3rd of February and for the last three days I've noticed geese flying south!
Do they think winter is over? In past seasons I've noted them migrating north all through the winter months. Some just plan a few weeks winter vacation, I guess, and get a late start.
But heading back south this early?
We've had a very very warm winter so far here in Central Virginia. I've actually had the air conditioning on several times. And we've had a few thunderstorms, rare for this time of year here. The NWS (National Weather Service) guy (well, one of them anyway) looked up the records for the last time there was such a long sequence of Pacific storms hitting the Northwest. Day after day after dreary day of rain for them, like this year. That season (it was back in the mid '50's), he discovered, the weather was also much warmer than normal in Virginia.
What's new is old all over again. Or whatever.
So, I guess the geese know their weather history too.
Except the NWS guy said we got a lot of snow in March that year back in the fifties.
Well, since history never repeats itself exactly, I suspect the geese may be right.