THE 2012-2013 WEATHER PREDCTION
FROM THE WOOLLY WORM & ACCUWEATHER
Two weeks ago when my friend Mary visited me she brought with her disastrous news: the 2012-2013 winter weather will be severe.
She’d seen a wooly worm. And it was all black.
JUST WHAT IS A WOOLLY WORM?
In our neck of the woods (Southwestern Pennsylvania) the woolly worm is an autumn insect that can tell us what to expect in the coming winter weather. What we refer to as the woolly worm is more accurately called the Banded Woolly Bear, the larval stage of the moth Pyrrharctia isabella. It’s common name, woolly bear, refers to its long, thick, fur-like hairs called setae
- seta is a biological term derived from the Latin word for bristle- or hair-like structures on living organisms (setae is plural).4
The woolly bear is a copper color with varying bands of black that supposedly tell a story. This insect is found in many cold regions, including the Arctic. The banded woolly bear larva emerges from an egg in the fall and overwinters in its caterpillar form. During the winter it literally freezes solid. First its heart stops beating, then its gut freezes, then its (more…)