I thought I’d been busy lately, but have you seen these squirrels? They are just everywhere, racing around, poking holes in the ground, carrying found objects to and fro. The Old Farmer’s Almanac might use this behavior to project a prolonged upcoming winter season. Either that or it would say, well, they’re squirrels.
Update: I just checked the almanac – it says “The coldest periods will be in mid-January and early February.” What are the odds.