Can Sticks, Animals, and Onions Really Predict the Weather in Southern Indiana?
We rely on the groundhog to predict an early spring or more winter every February. After doing some research, I found out that it's not just the groundhogs that have snow-predicting skills. Nature has a lot of different ways to help us prepare us for the different seasons.
Woolly Bear Worms
Of course, we have to start with our woolly friends. Some people will call them caterpillars, but we will stick to woolly worms. Most scientists will say that the woolly bear worm study wasn't done on a large enough scale to have real meaning.
But according to the Farmers' Almanac, "If the rusty band is wide, then it will be a mild winter. The more black there is, the more severe the winter. Note that white, yellow, or other colors of fuzzy caterpillars are NOT the same type of woolly worm and are not used for weather forecasting."
Tough Skin = Harsh Winter
This weather-predicting tip from nature comes from fruits and veggies. If you are finding it difficult to shuck corn, bite into an apple or cut an onion, we could be in for a harsh winter. Sidenote, I'd rather be stuck in a blizzard than cut into an onion!
Sticks Can Predict Weather
Web of Winter
I really don't see a lot of actual spiderwebs. The spiders around our house seem to just fall from one little string. But, if you see a spider spinning a really large web in the fall, you can expect that frost is on the way and a very cold winter.