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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Odd squirrel behavior and the weather


SILVER SPRING, MD - MAY 12: A black squirrel scurries along a fence at Vagn Flyger's Silver Spring, Maryland, on Thursday, May 12, 2005. (Nikki Kahn - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Post’s John Kelly initiated the inaugural squirrel week today. Squirrels are no strangers to the Capital Weather Gang. Readers have frequently remarked about the behavior of these dressed up rats leading up to winter as well winter storms. And we’ve written a bit about what’s known and not known about squirrel activity and the weather.

By far the most memorable accounts of squirrel behavior occurred just as the Commutageddon storm began this past January 26. In honor of the first squirrel week, here are some of the highlights...

Something big MUST be coming because the squirrels and birds in our backyard (in Rosemont, Alexandria) are acting very peculiar; frantically scampering about, binging on seed etc. It reminds me of the scene at Trader Joe’s before Snowmageddon.

Posted by: casa_wasabi | January 26, 2011 1:48 PM

The birds and squirrels were going wild at my feeders 30 minutes ago....now it’s one lone crazy squirrel.

Posted by: sparkler39 | January 26, 2011 1:50 PM

Breezy and light mist in Colesville.

Birds and squirrels are nowhere to be seen.

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 2:14 PM

Drizzle in Chantilly.Squirrel behavior normal.

Posted by: mikeyva44 | January 26, 2011 2:20 PM

Drizzling here in Falls Church. Squirrel activity is....troubling...

Posted by: Ryan-FallsChurch | January 26, 2011 2:24 PM

Squirrels are trying to get inside here in Fairfax...trying to hold them off, but cant for much longer....still a light drizzle.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 26, 2011 2:30 PM

Drizzle in Alexandria, some wind. No squirrels, but the cat is clearly concerned. He’s attempting to find his way into the Crockpot (and the stew) to bulk up before the storm. He’s now smelling boots...

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | January 26, 2011 2:31 PM

Winds picking up, sky darkening in Laurel MD. Squirrels look uneasy, disquieted and yes, a bit solicitous.

Posted by: bboyneko1 | January 26, 2011 2:36 PM

The squirrels *were* lined up orderly at the neighbors bird feeder for a time this afternoon, but now desperation is setting in and they’re getting unruly and fighting over the feed...

Posted by: ToBeBlunt | January 26, 2011 2:59 PM

Squirrels are making last minute prep to protect their nuts...

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 3:02 PM

The squirrel’s IMBY are clearly worried about their nuts freezing...no joke, people.

Posted by: doczoidberg | January 26, 2011 3:05 PM

Think I just heard a rumble of thunder in the distance, drizzle’s getting much heavier suddenly, dropped a degree to 35 here in Springfield. And I just saw a squirrel abandon a SMART car a block down the street...

Posted by: ToBeBlunt | January 26, 2011 3:05 PM

I sent my squirrels to the liquor store for me.

Posted by: mscofield1 | January 26, 2011 3:06 PM

A squirrel! On my 7th floor balcony!

Posted by: 3seasons | January 26, 2011 3:09 PM

HEAVY sleet in McLean. For the sake of the poor squirrel in my backyard, turn to snow already!

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 3:18 PM

... It was pouring ice, now back to rain. Thunder just happened as I was typing this. Have a temp of 32.3 and a dew of 32 here in Herndon. The squirrels are lonely; they are just trying to find a nut...so feed the squirrels

Posted by: MITCHRAPP | January 26, 2011 3:26 PM

Now sleeting in Burke at 34.3 and dropping.

Squirrels are huddled under the overhang on the deck with a mug of coffee in one paw and a cigarette in the other.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 3:26 PM

We’ve got lots of sleet on capitol hill.

I don’t know about squirrels, but my pet rats are looking alarmed and have begun asking questions to which I do not have answers.

Posted by: Heraklitus | January 26, 2011 3:33 PM

Rain and sleet coming steady now in Colesville.

Squirrels have abandoned all hope.

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 3:39 PM

Wintry mix here in University Park, a few flakes and heavy sleet. Squirrels changing from rain gear to squall parkas and casting about for small orange shovels.

Posted by: BobLHead | January 26, 2011 4:00 PM

Snow coming down hard in Burke. Street outside is snow covered.

Squirrels are starting to break out the shovels. I think they are trying to ambush the UPS guy in search of something to eat.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 4:16 PM

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