It's getting that time of year here in the Ozarks....the first spotting of the "Wooly Worms!" Folklore says the striped ones with more brown than black forecast a mild winter. A long time ago, my ancestors paid attention to the many changes of nature and would pass along information one generation to the next.
Bolder black bands say that we are in for a cold winter. If the woolly worm has spiky protrusions, watch for ice. If it’s woolier than normal; better bundle up!
It isn't just the " Wooly Bears" that predict the weather though, there are many signs of nature that are said to be as accurate as the Weather Channel!
Ants – Higher and larger mounds mean a colder than normal winter. If they’re rushing back and forth in straight lines, rain is coming. When they go in search of food in random patterns, the weather will be good.
Bees – Nests that are built higher than usual means cold weather is ahead. They also cluster around the hive when stormy weather is approaching.
Crickets – If you need to know the temperature on the spot, count the number of chirps in a 14-second time span, add 40 to that number and you’ll be within one degree. In fact, many insects tend to be more active when it’s warmer, including the sounds they make.
Flies – If they land and bite, a rain is imminent.
Katydids – When they begin their chirping chorus, you can expect the first hard frost in 90 days.
Spiders – Seeing more of them in the fall? That means abnormally cold temperatures for the upcoming winter months.
Spider webs – If they’re flying in the wind, there will be no rain. Some swear by the fact that if a spider puts up a web, the upcoming weather will be fine. If the spider removes it, a storm is on its way.
Termites – They, too, will build taller mounds when facing unseasonable weather.
Uh Oh...here we go again!!!