If nature can give us signs of what sort of winter to expect, then we should all learn to pay attention and then maybe we could be better prepared for winter. I have a theory, and it is similar to some I have heard before. In this case I might actually have proof. Two years my driveway was packed full of acorns, and we had an incredible winter, last year no acorns to be found, and we had one of the worst winters on record. This fall has given my driveway a bountiful covering of acorns once again. So my theory is more acorns, more snow ! Long live the acorns !