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WOOLY CATERPIGGLES DO NOT LIE

 
 
Setanta
 
Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 07:41 am
We've had a cool and wet summer here in the American "heartland." This morning i saw a wooly caterpiggle. Although i do not personally know any old wives, i am reliably informed that this body of cumulative wisdom holds that the appearance of the wooly caterpiggle at such an early date presages an early, long and severe winter.

Therefore, while our antipodean associates prepare to swelter, lets us Northern Hemispherians regale one another with thoughts of the joys of winter.
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squinney
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 07:47 am
I don't know about their early arrival, but I've always heard that the thickness and colors on their coat predict the winter.

What did this one look like?

Also, Farmers Almanac is saying this will be a VERY early, cold and long winter. Freezes from Canadian air are to take place all the way down into Florida.

Get your oranges early!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:04 am
joys of winter, hmmmm.
Ill get back to you on that.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:05 am
Well, Miss Wabbit, this caterpiggle was very wooly and thick-coated . . . also slow-moving, although i don't know if that signifies . . .
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:22 am
Well, i just went outside again, and that wooly caterpiggle is still moving slowly--she's moved about a yard in the last hour, although she may simply have been stymied by the downspout. She is very wooly indeed. While out there, i saw another wooly caterpiggle, of darker hue, which was woolier still . . .
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:27 am
Gas for the generator...paraffin for the sled runners....ky and tequila for the master bedroom.....bring that winter on.....
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:30 am
How wide is the black swath? I thought that was the indicator.

And your wooly caterpiggle indicator indicates my weather, and long cold severe sounds good to me so long as there's SNOW! I'd been mourning lack of snow in advance. Three snowless L.A. winters are the only blight on my snow-loving existence thus far, and even those were marked by fake snow spewed by snow machines. (In, like, people's yards. L.A.)
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:32 am
Central Ohio usually gets enough snow to allow you to become sick of it by winter's end. The second wooly caterpiggle i saw had a black streak nearly as wide as her back.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:35 am
Oooh! :-D

Your "sick of it" threshold and mine may be different, though... I grew up in Minnesota, where roughly November through March was solid snowcover, varying only in depth and color. (The oft-melted-but-not-all-the-way stuff at curbside got pretty black...)
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:37 am
believe me soz, as a guy who grew up right off Lake Erie I can agree with Set that snow gets tiresome.....
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:37 am
They use a ton of salt in Columbus, and it gets nasty and ugly pretty quickly. Although a native New Yorker, i spent most of my youth in rural areas, and was only exposed to snow regularly when visiting relatives in the North. "City" snow and "country" snow are two different critters.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:37 am
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
believe me soz, as a guy who grew up right off Lake Erie I can agree with Set that snow gets tiresome.....


even for a Polar Bear.... :wink:
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:41 am
Oh, I'm not saying it CAN get tiresome -- fer sure -- just that the point at which we say "enough with the snow!" may differ.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:41 am
When i first drove to Canadia to see The Girl, i took pause, and considered what it would mean to drive through Cleveland, Erie and Buffalo. I decided not to risk it. I drove to Toledo, then up to Detroit and across to Windsor. There were flurries all along the 401 as i drove to T.O. The one time there was anything like an accumulation, near London, Ontario, the trucks were out plowing immediately.

Meanwhile, Cleveland got 12 inches, Erie got 18 inches, and Buffalo got three feet. Lake effect . . . 'tis a wunnerful thing, for those as likes snow . . .
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:42 am
We have a sledding hill all staked out, if there's enough snow to use it a buncha times (10?), I'll be happy.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:43 am
Hills are easy to come by where you live, Soz. Also, if there is a heavy fall of snow, check out the Park of the Roses, they have a famous sledding hill.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:48 am
so at about sunrise this morning me and the lady diane were standing in the garage ready for our morning walk and along comes the neighborhood road-runner coming down the sidewalk. He got up in front of our house a few feet from where we were standing, stopped and tilted his head looking at us askance and then proceeded down the sidewalk into the neighbor's yard. He didn't mention the coming weather report but he has never lied to me.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:49 am
Reliably honest friends are hard to come by, Dys, i hope you will maintain a good relationship.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:55 am
well Set, he had in his beak a wolly caterpiggle but I couldn't see the colour or the shape. a friend in need is usually a pest but not in his case.
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squinney
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2004 08:58 am
I always heard that the width of the black stripe indicated the length of the colder times. The brown stripes indicate a period of lighter winter weather.

I had a whole thread about this on Abuzz a few years ago. Maybe I'll try to find it before it is gone for good.
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