Folklore Forecasts

Predictions about this winter's level of snowfall are the hot topic of discussion with most any person these days. The level of snow that has already fallen in the Eastern states has everyone quite alarmed. 


How timely it is that our local electric cooperative magazine currently has an article about Folklore Forecasts.  Common in this area, folklore has been used to predict the weather for many, many years.  For the current Folklore Forecast, information was compiled from wooly worms, tree bark and leaves, as well as the number of fogs in the month of August. 


The number of fogs in August was eleven......oh dear.  This information alone signifies eleven, "rabbit tracking snows", for our season.  The wooly worms are saying that the heaviest snows will be in February and early March, with our last snow falling in April. 

After reading that information I totally lost my interest in what the tree bark had to say, much less the leaves. 

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  1. Like the "rabbit tracking snows". We had an old weatherman at the local radio station when I was growing up that used the rabbit tracking snow term and the folklore forecasting. Don't remember how accurate he was.

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I love Autumn!

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  3. Your pictures are gorgeous! I'm hoping for a mild winter with little snow. We'll see.

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  4. You'll have to keep track of the snows to see if the worms are right.

    For a long time one of our local news stations made predictions based on a turtle and how much he ate before he hibernated. I'm not a scientist but I think that turtle was onto something.

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  5. where I grew up such items were used for weather prediction also, if the wooly bears (worms) were all one color it meant one kind of weather in the winter, if they had a black stripe around their middles it meant another kind of weather...and more often than not all these signs were interpreted correctly

    such beautiful fall photos

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  6. Hmmm...me thinks I could even predict heavy snowfall in February and one final blast in April. Have the bunny rabbits been adequately advised of these prognostications?

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  7. Love the new header! - I have always been interested in the folklore forecast. Have you ever looked back to see how accurate it has been? If you do, will you let us know? xo

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  8. I love weather folklore..and I'm shocked at how often it's true!

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  9. I've been hearing in town talk of a bad winter here.

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  10. Oh gosh. Better cut lots of wood!!!
    I use to get a magazine at work from the electric co-op and I loved it. It had the best recipes!

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  11. after the number of snow days you had last year, i can imagine you're not looking forward to it all over again...

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  12. The weather has a very different meaning there...

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  13. Well, you know, the wolly worms in and around my neck of the woods were right on the money last year! Time to start stocking up on the makings for hot cocoa and soup. :)

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  14. Gosh sure sounds like a lot of snow heading your way if accurate. Love your new header and those trees filled with beauiful Fall colors.

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  15. Sounds like you might need to get your long johns out!

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  16. Supposedly despite our beautiful fall in North Dakota our winter will be wicked based on the number of crickets trying to get inside. Folklore forecasts have me disinterested also.

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  17. Love folklore forecasting! Here all we hear about is when the wind will start and stop and about La Nina!

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  18. Hey honey,

    Keep your chin up...you'll need the space for your heavy wool scarf.

    Love,

    S

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  19. I'm of the belief that nobody knows what's going to happen. And it seems like every fall everyone says it's going to be the worst winter ever. And it usually is. I'm not a fan of winter.

    But we'll make it through!!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. I found a wooly worm the other day. black on both ends and brown in the middle. Bad weather at the beginning and end of winter 8-)

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  21. Teresa - I am with you. You just never know what is going to happen!

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  22. I've also heard we are going to have a lot of snow and very cold temperatures. Brrr!

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  23. I'll just wait til April. What me worry?

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  24. Funny, I am hearing that here too. They say every four years the winters are really tough. This will be a first for me.

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  25. It seems to be snowing sooner and here in the tropics the rain comes earlier too then expected !

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  26. Rabbit tracking snow eh. Haven't heard that one or that the number of Aug. snows equals snowfalls. I have put faith in the wooly worm theory before. Works sometime, more than likely by lucky I would say. I can witch water with two pieces of number 9 wire however.

    Great post.

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  27. I did a post on the woolly bear last year and research says there's no merit in the myth -- so at least you don't need to worry about that one. :)

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  28. I did a post on the woolly bear last year and research says there's no merit in the myth -- so at least you don't need to worry about that one. :)

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  29. Well, it's gonna do what it's gonna do, I guess. Will be fun to see if any of these predictions hold true for you. :)

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  30. Well, it's gonna do what it's gonna do, I guess. Will be fun to see if any of these predictions hold true for you. :)

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  31. Love your photos hate the forecast or not the forecast I have no idea any more the signs are very confusing for this older farmer. B

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  32. Very interesting folklore ! We'll have to remember to come back here in April (May ? June ?) to see how it all worked out compared to the forecast.

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  33. You just never know here in Texas...the Farmers almanac doesn't even get it right these days...We have such strange weather here....
    Hope to get lots of rain!
    Stay warm..
    Shug

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  34. Ugh.
    I want to hold my hands over my ears and eyes until the end of April! Should we all fly away south SOUTH for a few months?

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  35. Well... very much like predictions of when is the next iphone !

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  36. Love the photos...you are so talented!

    We had a weatherman here that always had something to say about the wooly worms and the color of their 'coat'. I've seen several black woolies, but for the life of me, I can't remember what that means.

    As for the upcoming winter, the local gurus are saying it's going to be another 'La Nina' winter. Last winter was a 'La Nina' winter and we were dumped on multiple times. Heaven help us after the wild weather year 2011 has turned out to be here in No. Alabama.

    Just make sure that you have plenty of hot cocoa, warm socks and firewood!

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  37. YIKES! I thought moving to Kentucky would mean better winters than Chicago. After living through that blizzzard with 2 feet of snow, I'm still not ready for it. But I better get used to it I guess!

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