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Old 10-07-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Default Woolly Bears

Wondering if we'll have a snowy winter? I just saw my first woolly bears this week and they're predicting snow. And lots of it!

If you're new to NOVA, a woolly bear is a caterpillar that's black at both ends and has one reddish brown stripe in the middle.

Folklore says that if the wooly bear's brown stripe is thick, the winter weather will be mild. If it is narrow the winter will be severe. Over the years I've become a believer. I've been following both the woolly bears and Accu Weather, and those little caterpillars get it right a lot more frequently.

Plus, it's fun to look for them. They're cute little guys.

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Old 10-07-2009, 06:58 AM
 
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Crap! I've seen two recently and their stripe is very narrow. If true, we're in for a nasty winter!
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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They're so cuuuutttee! I want to poke and tickle it :O
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I saw one two days ago with practically no stripe at all. Guess we're in for a harsh winter!
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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I used to catch these and keep them as pets when I was a kid. They're so cute!
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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Weak el nino' this year.Affects the jet stream.Coldest winter in decade due this winter,in the northeast.Or it could be because of wooly bear stripes.Get ready either way.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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I was totally expecting a different type of woolly bear. LOL.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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I was totally expecting a different type of woolly bear. LOL.
Oh my!
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: alive in the superunknown
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I definitely am hoping for a long cold snowy winter! We are long overdue for a good snow storm. All the newbs here for the past few years don't understand that this region of the country has been warmer than average for the winter months for over a decade now. When growing up in Culpeper it was not unusual to get at least a foot of snow once a year. And 70 degree days in January?? Unheard of. I am a firm believer in global warming. Obviously I like snow and driving in it is sheer fun to me. And yes I do know how to drive in it. But it's more fun to watch those who don't!
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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And yes I do know how to drive in it. But it's more fun to watch those who don't!
Until they rear end you when you have the toddler in the car. Oh and you find out they are uninsured.

No thanks to snow, wind and ice. Blech!
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