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Interesting Winter Folklore

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Aardvark:
 It was October and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets of weather prediction. When he looked at the sky he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect extra firewood to be prepared.

But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?"

"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold," the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again. "Does It still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?"

"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."

The diligent Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later the Chief called the National Weather Service again. "Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"

"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever."

"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.

The weatherman replied, "The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy."

WeatherHost:

--- Quote from: WeatherHost on October 30, 2015, 06:28:29 AM ---I know there was a discussion of Wooley Worms too, but I can't find it.

All of the ones I've seen so far this year have been either all brown, all black, or black at each end and brown in the middle.  I haven't seen any yet with any black bands in the middle.  Middle band are supposed to relate to snowfalls.  The ones I saw last fall had several middle bands and we got several snowfalls.

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I've seen several more in recent days and still not a single one with middle bands.

Aardvark:
http://www.kcrg.com/subject/weather-water-cooler/winter-weather-folklore-20151006

WeatherHost:

--- Quote from: WeatherHost on November 14, 2015, 01:22:08 PM ---
--- Quote from: WeatherHost on October 30, 2015, 06:28:29 AM ---I know there was a discussion of Wooley Worms too, but I can't find it.

All of the ones I've seen so far this year have been either all brown, all black, or black at each end and brown in the middle.  I haven't seen any yet with any black bands in the middle.  Middle band are supposed to relate to snowfalls.  The ones I saw last fall had several middle bands and we got several snowfalls.

--- End quote ---

I've seen several more in recent days and still not a single one with middle bands.



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Thinking about this today while I was out walking and saw different bugs.  For whatever it's worth, we did not have a single really significant snowfall.  A couple of 3 or 4 inchers as I remember.  And no significant cold weather spells.  Cold days yes, but nothing lengthy or dramatic.


I'll be watching for Wooley Worms next fall for sure.



ValentineWeather:
Not 100% sure but If memory serves very strong El Nino's are usually followed by strong La Niņa events. Meaning much of the areas with warmth will flip next winter without the southern jet being strong.

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