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WOOLY WORM WINTER WEATHER PREDICTION
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‘Twas the 2013 season (October and November) of Wooly Worm Festivals in many United States communities.
Their purpose, beyond that of celebrating a common cause as a community, is to be empowered to survive winter armed with the knowledge of what weather Old Man Winter will bring.
As the late Charles Von Canon (North Carolina) explained, “The Wooly Bear caterpillar has 13 brown and black segments that correspond to the 13 weeks of winter. The lighter brown a segment is, the milder that week of winter will be. The darker black a segment is, the colder and snowier the corresponding week will be.” The winner of the final heat becomes the survivor of the fittest and is used to for prognosticating. It’s been done that way for decades by the local farmers.”
In North Carolina village residents in Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, and Beech Mountain celebrated the arrival of the snow season with a Wooly Worm Festival on the weekend of October 19, 2013, as they have done since 1978. During the festival one wooly worm earns the privilege of predicting the severity of the coming winter. It has done so by winning the final of many hard fought races up a three-foot length of string set on the main stage.
Far from being a normal festival, the Woolly Worm Festival, begun in 1988, is a tradition rooted in Lee County’s culture. In 2013 their 26th annual festival was held the weekend of October 25th.
How to Keep A Woolly Worm
They can cling to a surface with amazing strength so be careful picking it up as to not harm it. Instead place a leaf in front of it and give it a tap on the behind! He will walk forward right onto the leaf. House the woolly worm in an open container with plenty of foliage to eat. Clean out waste and replace fresh leaves every day. The woolly worm depends on fresh leaves for food and water. After enjoying his company for a couple days, go ahead and release him back into nature.
Since 1997, Lewisburg Pennsylvania has been home to the famously wacky Woolly Worm Festival. Held each year in Hufnagle Park, the festival attracts hundreds of eager spectators who gather in excitement and urgency for the Winter Weather Prognostication. At this time, a team of highly skilled worm readers garbed in lab coats measure, poke, and nudge the furry little creatures in an effort to predict the oncoming winter.
The downtown streets in this Ohio town on Lake Erie host a one-day Wooly Worm family event, an event which began in 1973.
Woolly bear caterpillar – ask the exterminator, Asktheexterminator.com: the banded woolly bear is a fuzzy creature with red and black bands on its body. it is the larva of the isabella tiger moth.. Pyrrharctia isabella – wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, The isabella tiger moth (pyrrharctia isabella) can be found in many cold regions, including the arctic. the banded woolly bear larva emerges from the egg in the fall.
A video report on the Vermilion website reported that the first three weeks of winter (starting with the winter solstice (December 21) will be average with possible wet snow or rain. Temperatures the next weeks will be above average, while the last five weeks will be warm with no types of precipitation.
WOOLY WORM PREDICTIONS FROM VARIOUS FESTIVALS
Although the Wooly Worm festival activities were well reported the results of any weather predictions were disappointingly missing except those in Vermilion, Ohio.
SIGHTINGS OF WOOLY WORMS
I myself didn’t see a wooly worm this year, perhaps because I was otherwise occupied. However, my grandson Marcus spotted on the corner of Lee Road and East Scarborough in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He paused to photograph the wooly worm for a library project on discovery (see photo at top of page).
“We just bumped into it on the sidewalk as we walked,” said the 7-year-old. “It was kind of weird because it has two different colors, the same as Little Dog (our pet cat).”
Online people across the country also commented on spotting wooly worms, and what it means for 2013. These observations indicate there is generally very little black, predicting a relatively mild winter. However, they seem to be black (predicting rough weather) on the ends, which is consistent with the Thanksgiving holiday cold snap. Residents of the Ligonier Valley region of Southwestern Pennsylvania bit the bullet this holiday, in that the predicted snow possibilities didn’t pan out.
Below are selected comments on wooly worm sightings:
- My husband and I just seen a completely black wooly bear in Falling Waters, WV. NEVER seen full black before.
Of course, my husband is hoping for a lot of snow as always!
- Another commenter stated “People, however, can be mistaken into thinking there will be a harsh winter because they looked at the wrong caterpillar.
“There is a pure black woolly bear relative that is often confused with the banded woolly bear,” Raupp said.”
- The one’s I have been seeing in southern Ohio are a bit more than 1/3 brown or orange, black at both ends.
- Two other comments noted all black wooly worms in Missouri and North Carolina.
- We have been seeing tons of these lil fuzzy bears here in Ostego county New York. All are brown as brown can be and little black on both sides so this is a great sign. As a hunter im out in the woods all the time always watching mother nature and pay special attention to the these little guys and this year we have more than usual.Hopefully they are right we can sure use a very mild winter..
- We have a lot of these little guys crawling around the ramp at our airport in Ogdensburg NY. Most of them have a long brown middle section with two small black portions on the end. Hopefully they are right and we wont have to de-ice the Cape Air planes as often this year!