24 September 2013, by gj
Every fall at the sight of a wooly caterpillar, two things come to mind:
1. The upcoming winter.
2. This song worm.
And not necessarily in that order.
But this post is about folklore, not music; or weatherlore as some call it.
Do you believe that the wider the middle band is on a wooly caterpillar the milder the winter will be?
If that is true, then we’re in for a nasty one!
How about the activity of critters? Do squirrels stocking up signal an upcoming bad winter?
If that is the case, then the squirrels and the caterpillars are at odds this year.
Admittedly, I live in Pennsylvania… and not far from me is a town where they, tongue in cheek, let a rodent predict the coming of spring.
So perhaps it is not for me to talk about these things. Except I do know that some of them are true.
“Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”
This is one I remember learning from my Dad, and it is actually based on meteorological observances and evidence.
Not that I can explain it.
Suffice it to say that a red sky at sundown really does signify a clear sky the next day, and vice versa.
Still it is fun to learn the lore, and discover what is true and what is just for fun.
Will thick skins on onions really predict the upcoming winter weather? Probably not… but then there is that “If there is thunder in winter, it will snow 7 days after.”
Darn if I haven’t seen that one come true.
Do I remember the times it didn’t? Well, er… no actually…
What are your favorite weather folklore sayings?
C’mon, share. It will be fun!
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