Buy the 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac!

An Almanac Minute: Woolly Worm

According to folklore, the woolly worm's stripes predict winter weather. Watch this short video and tell us what you think!

Read more about the history and weather-predicting abilities of the woolly worm.

 

 

 

Read More:

Comments

I have seen several wooly

By Yvoone

I have seen several wooly worms in the last month in Mercer County NJ and they have just the tiniest bit of black on them. I'd say they are 90% brown and 10% black.

Here in NW PA, we have seen

By H.Newman

Here in NW PA, we have seen several Woolly Bears that are almost all brown with just a bit of black on the tip. Last year, they had black strips at both ends with a wide brown band down the center.

I haven't seen any wooly

By Faithlee

I haven't seen any wooly worms this year either and we usually see a lot crossing the roads. I live in MO. What does it mean?

I don't know about wooly

By J. Davis

I don't know about wooly worms,but when native ants build their mounds high you can look for a lot of wet weather

Found A Blonde Woolies Worm

By Debra Giordano

Found A Blonde Woolies Worm In My Back Yard. Never Seen One That Color. What Does That Mean About Our Weather In Virginia?

The Wolley Bears were right

By Erno Rossi

The Wolley Bears were right for the winters of 1976-77 and 1977-78. I wrote the book White Death The Blizzard of '77 about these snow disasters and you can see my famous pics and hear blizzard stories at www.whitedeath.com. Beware of snowflakes.

I am in N. Florida (near

By NancyWP

I am in N. Florida (near Monticello) and have been seeing what I am calling woolly bears around here lately that are ALL BLACK. Are these true woolly bears? If so, we are in for a COLD winter!

I use the size and position

By Rye

I use the size and position of the winter homes for the grey and fox squirrels, size fortels temp. extrem, and position the severity, ie. closer to the trunk of tree the more blustery the winter. Combine this information with the accumulation of fat and the urgency of food collection usually gets us a good idea of whats ahead. An old squirrel hunter.

Here in the mountains of sw

By OcarinaDeb

Here in the mountains of sw VA the woolies I've seen so far are predicting cold and stormy first and last of season, but relatively mild otherwise. I've been observing them for years and found them more reliable than the weatherman.

I really never truly

By Tom Anonymous

I really never truly understood this little creature. I saw one of these at my daughters near Pittsbugh this year . . it was all black. Wear lots of clothes.

My wooley worms are almost

By SageRose

My wooley worms are almost all black. Barely a hint of brown. This is the second year of an incredibly abundant acorn crop. Last year was very mild though. Seems to be a medium amount of squirrel activity. I have 19 squirrels that live in the yard all the time. Cincinnati, Ohio

Watch the squirrels! Around

By MTCobra

Watch the squirrels! Around here in Illinois, they have been busier than usual, storing up buried foodstuff in prep for what, by this indicator, will be a very rough winter — not at all like our last one!

The only wooly bears I've

By Glenna Geiger

The only wooly bears I've seen this fall have absolutely NO stripes! The almanac forecasts differ from the forecasts on my TV. Is the wooly bear the deciding factor?

Same here in St. Louis, MO.

By Earl Burton

Same here in St. Louis, MO. No bands on the wooly worms...all black.

One method of telling the

By cdhiselor

One method of telling the coming winter never fails....the indians used to watch the whiteman gathering firewood!

and the white man watched the

By joe45448444

and the white man watched the indians!

Having grown up and lived in

By Michael Rector

Having grown up and lived in the mountains of Western NC, I've always heard since I was a kid, that where the band's start and stop tells more. For instance, recently I have seen wooly worms with a small black band at the head with brown covering the rest (3/4) of its body. This means that winter will start off stormy with a lot of snow, then turn mild for the rest of the winter.

What does it mean when you

By AKJ

What does it mean when you just don't see any woolies? I usually see them around the garage every year, but this year none? I am located in Northeast Iowa, lots of box elder bugs no wooly bears?

I agree, I have not see any

By Rion

I agree, I have not see any this year either so what does that mean?

Post new comment

Before posting, please review all comments. Due to the volume of questions, Almanac editors can respond only occasionally, as time allows. We also welcome tips from our wonderful Almanac community!

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.