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Woolly is telling me it's going to be a long hard winter. He's dang near all black.

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"In the fall, the amount of black on the woolly caterpillar is linked to the severity of the upcoming winter. ... According to the legend, the longer the woolly bear's black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. Also the wider the middle brown band is the milder the upcoming winter will be."

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We lost our local beloved TV personality this year who championed a light hearted fall celebration for decades

That's something else, I would go for sure. I grew up with the woollybear foklore, but it seems pretty accurate to me. Also yes the local persimmon seeds are spoons this year. Another good indicator of snow shoveling.
 

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I've been thinking "bad, bad winter" for a while. After all, isn't this the year for any and all that is odd and extreme? :oops::th:mad:. Not a fan. Been prepping for cold and snow even though we have little as a norm. More concerned with that than most anything else that's going badly.
 

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:ep I have been seeing the black ones here and I am SW of Houston! Ought to be an interesting winter.
Almost fully black, like the one I posted means... yep long hard winter. You have to remember though... this is local to where you seen the woollybear(s). What might be long and hard in Houston, would be considered mild in say, the northern states. That being said... I found over the years the woollybear is pretty darn accurate at forcasting locally, the winter that lies ahead. For foklore... ole woollybear is better than the weather guessers. If you can get ahold of local persimmons, cut the seed in half and see what image it has. If it's a knife, then I wouldn't expect much of a winter. But if it's shaped like a spoon, then wax the snow shovel and ice choppers, because your gonna need them.
 
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CrealCritter, I haven't seen a persimmon tree since I left Indiana. I LOVE persimmons. It just tickles me when people say persimmons are not fit for consumption but is raccoon and possum food.
 

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