It all started this year back in the spring. We had an unusually mild and wet spring that turned everything green and made it bloom and we loved it. Then came July and somebody turned the spigot off and the thermostat up. For over 3 months, we had virtually no rain and excessive heat. Then came late October and here we are back into a rain/moderate temperature situation.
Perhaps we could have saved ourselves time and frustration by devoting more attention to a list of ancient weather indicators I found.
Here are some of what the old timey prognosticators came up with.