17 January 2013

The Woolly Bear Report

It's not unusual to find  Woolly Bear Caterpillars (Pyrrharctia isabella) scurrying around in the fall, but within the past week I've seen at least a half dozen of these weather prognosticators wandering (slowly) around the neighborhood.

Some people believe the Woolly Bear can predict the Winter weather by the size of the black bands on its body. The more black bands, the worse the winter will be.

Most of the Woolly Bears I've found this week had more brown than black.

Occasionally there is a statistical outlier in the sample data.

11 January 2013

Sunset at the farm

The clean white snow-cover from the Christmas snowstorm  is starting to turn light gray  as we progress into Winter and most of the leafless trees are now a drab brownish-gray. An evening sunset added some color to the otherwise black/white view of our farm property. (Click on image to enlarge)