An Almanac Minute: Woolly Worm

October 12, 2012

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

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Our woolies here in CT are

Our woolies here in CT are tipped with black on the top and bottom and mostly brown in the middle. One mild year I remember the woolies were all brown and another year they were mostly black, we had a hard, cold winter. I believe they predict very well what the weather will be for the winter. I also predict spring frost by the tree frogs (peepers). When I hear the peepers it always means we will get three more frosts and that is usually true.

We spotted 3 Woolly Bears

We spotted 3 Woolly Bears today and all have a black head, brown body then a black tail. We live in Southwest Michigan.

We live in the country in

We live in the country in South Central Illinois. I grew up here and my Grandfather always predicted the winter weather w/these little guys. He always said that if the "Woolies" were mostly dark, the winter would be cold and snowy and if they were light blonde, it would be a light winter. I am 62 and have been observing these little "Woolies" since I was 6 and Grandpa has been right all these years. I am now telling my Grand Kids about the "Woolies" and they are starting to keep records to see if I am right. I have found that most of the time, the old ways are the best. :-)

Here in northwestern NJ we've

Here in northwestern NJ we've seen many Woolly Bears. Every single one I've seen has brown from one end to the other except for a small band of black on the head end.

That sign indicates the small

That sign indicates the small black on the head which means start of winter season will be more extreme. Hope his "prediction" is right !

A winter snow for every fog

A winter snow for every fog in August.

We had 24 days of heavy fog

We had 24 days of heavy fog here in Guston, KY. I heard the same thing about the fog days.

Down in the deep south the

Down in the deep south the wolly worm is all black no bands,we have mild winters with few frost and freezes.

In the Northwest the woolie

In the Northwest the woolie worms have a huge band. There has even been no black on them. The squirrels and Bluejays have been Very busy collecting. It usually means hard weather, but little freezing, really wet!

Yes I do. I look out the

Yes I do. I look out the window.

I always watch where the

I always watch where the squirrels nest are located. The higher the nest, the more severe the Winter. This year all the nest in the trees are about half-way up. And I haven't seen a woolie worm this Fall, either. Don't know what to think of that!

I know if I see all black

I know if I see all black ones were infor a very nasty winter in Illinois....if he has yellow----lolo a rain slicker on ...were mild..if he has his car-hearts on...give it up...were snowed in..--true..

Carhartt not car-hearts

Carhartt not car-hearts lol

I live in south central KY

I live in south central KY and the wooly worms around here indicate that we will have a milder than usual winter. However, the Almanac has forecast a much colder than usual winter. I hope the wooly worms are correct. But I will be prepared in case the Almanac is.

I live in maryland.the ones i

I live in maryland.the ones i have been seeing are mostly brown..indicating a mild winter...its worth mentioning though...a few winters ago in md. We had the wost winter on record...and i do honestly recall that year most of the woolys i saw were compleately black.i remember that was the first time time in my life that i had seen so many all black...and ive lived here for 30 years

I have seen several wooly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

One method of telling the

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

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