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Woolly Worms and winter weather prediction

by Kristin Walls

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 9:43 AM

Every fall Woolly worms emerge across the area. Some people say these little critters can predict what’s in store for the winter.The story is that by looking at the stripes on the worm, the amount of black determines how severe the winter weather will be. Wide black stripes mean a bad winter, whereas a wide brown stripe in the middle means a mild winter.
According to a poll on our WHAS11 Stormteam Facebook page, most people are seeing all black Woolly Worms. So, if the theory is correct, we could be in store for a harsh winter! But, we also decided to have a little bit of fun on GMK. I got crafty and made some Wooly Worms for the show on Friday morning. Each one of us picked a worm from the bucket. Brooke and I got a lighter colored worm and Kelsey got a dark one. So, if we are correct, we could have a mild winter!
Of course there is no scientific evidence to support this theory, but it’s such a neat concept. There are those people who trust the Woolly Worms’ abilities and others who don’t believe in folklore.

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