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The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)?

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dej(Jed)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My wife says that the more black on them the worse winter will be. I have been finding many that are only brown, so I guess we won't be getting much winter here in Western, Pa?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Same here,mostly black. Glad the corn's going in the crib as early as it is. Stalks might still be buried in snow before I can get'em baled.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The other day I saw one that was mostly brown and another that was mostly black within about 2 feet of one another. Guess they are confused about winter is going to do. haha
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I always heard that it is the amount of hair or what ever that stuff is on them. Thicker it is the colder the winter.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was going to make the same observation - have seen them form all black to all brown, and many widths of stripes in between. I"m confused, but then I never did try to predict the wionter by their stripes.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I haven't seen a correct Wooly Bear caterpillar prediction in 20 years.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The BaltiMORONS (WHO ELSE?) have now come up with a fall replacement (sort of like Phil, the goundhog) in the form of a blue crab, named Baltimoron Bill, to predict and early winter. He is cut loose on a 'y' shaped board, and if he goes left, and up the 'y', therefore up the bay, winter is a ways off. If he goes right, and down the bay towards Virginia, it will be an early fall and winter. What kind of idjet came up with this one?????? Needless to say, the crusteacean went right.....
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Reminds me of a story.
Father and son were putting up hay in the valley. the father tells his son to go up the mountain and ask the old indian chief how bad the winter will be so they know how much hay will be needed.
the son returns and tells his father the old chief said a tough winter, so they put up more hay. The father tells his son to go back and get more details on the tough winter. The son returns and says the chief said a very bad winter, so they put up more hay. Finally the father decides to go himself and ask the chief. The chief tells him worst winter ever. the father asked how he knows this. The chief points to the valley and says "Farmer put up much hay"
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Haven't seen any yet.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I cant believe any one would DOUBT a catipillar!! what this obviosly indicates is it will be a WINDY WINTER! both of them cant get on the same side if the stick so one is naturally colder.... every good hacksaw injun knows that.LOL
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:04 am    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

dej(jed) wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:56:32 10/05/12) My wife says that the more black on them the worse winter will be. I have been finding many that are only brown, so I guess we won't be getting much winter here in Western, Pa?


http://www.almanac.com/content/long-range-winter-weather-forecast-2012-2013-season


20122013 U.S. Weather Highlights

The 2013 Almanac says that temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas.
In every place west of this line, except for portions of the Desert Southwest, temperatures will be warmer than last winter.
Snowfall will be above normal near the Great Salt Lake and in the areas from El Paso to Detroit to Virginia Beach.
Snowfall be will below normal in most other locations that have snow.
Good news: Areas suffering from drought during Summer 2012 should receive enough winter precipitation to bring improvement.
Spring and summer will be much rainier than normal in Florida, easing its drought.
Drier-than-normal weather will continue to be the rule in much of Georgia.
Summer temperatures will be hotter than normal along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in the Ohio Valley, but cooler than normal elsewhere.
Expect fewer tornadoes than in the past couple of years.
Be ready for hurricanes to threaten first the Gulf and Atlantic coasts in June and then primarily the Southeast, especially Florida, through the remainder of the hurricane season.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Of course he went right. We don't have O'Malley for our Governor!
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Check out the Almanac for this past summer's weather across the mid western states and southern Ontario and Quebec. The Almanac is always accurate as far as weather goes, it just generally is half a continent off geographically....Ron
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have not seen any woolies this fall, but you reminded me of my Grandpa. He said 90 days after a heavy fog would be a snow storm. I wrote it on the calender one year,and he was right!
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: The wooly bear catipillar (Winter Predictor)? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have to agree with you. It seems that there is a prediction for anything one can encounter in nature. Very inaccurate though. I had a guy tell me this past week that there were a lot of long pods on locust trees, and asked if I knew what that meant. You should have seen the look on his face when I said, "Yeah, it means there are a lot of long pods on locust trees". BT
 
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