We have had a great summer here in Western New York and so far the fall has been unseasonably mild and anytime the nice weather extends into October and November the shorter the winter days seem. I will take sun and sand over snow and slush anytime.

Now, we are in a day and age of modern technology that can 'predict' weather patterns and conditions from all over the world. And that's just from our Smartphones!

I realize that Punxsutawney Phil gets all the credit and all the spotlight for predicting how the winter season pans out but come on, that's more on the sun. However, I will always trust Mother Nature's creatures and foliage when it truly comes to predicting the weather. I am just not that in tune with her and all her splendor. Animals, trees, and plants all look and act differently whenever something is amiss in their environment.

Seagulls fly deeper inland when a storm approaches and cows plop down on the grass when they sense rain so why is it so hard to believe that a caterpillar can predict the conditions of the upcoming snow season?

According to WGRZ and Weather Folklore the browner the caterpillar the milder the winner, more black? Well, we are in for a long cold winter.

So there you have it. Bears start growing a heavier coat, Buffalonians start gaining 10-15 extra pounds so why can't the Woolly Bear Caterpillar dress for the season? Crawl on, you cute, creepy, furry, fashion bug.

 

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