Tales and Trails


The Farmer’s Almanac is more decisive and predicts below normal temperatures and more snow than normal with both January and February having significant storms. Honestly, I’m okay with the snow forecast because I have a whiz bang snowblower and it’s ready to go. I sure could do without the long subzero temperature stretches that are predicted.

I came across my next two winter prognosticators several days apart.

I found the Wooly Caterpillar on the left (see photo) crawling around on my deck and I found the one on the right two days later during a walk.

In order to correctly decipher the caterpillars I found this online. Clearly the Wooly Caterpillars are in agreement that we are in store for a “Moderate Winter.”

In conclusion, the NOAA cannot sit on both sides of the fence and maintain a voice of authority. I do like the Farmer’s Almanac; I just don’t like its forecast of below normal temperatures. So, for two reasons I totally believe the Wooly Caterpillars. First, I’m in favor of their forecast of a moderate winter and second, how could you not believe two of the cutest weather predictors ever?

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This was my deer hunting home for the first five days of the deer season.


November 30, 2021