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Can a caterpillar predict the winter? Some Wisconsinites say yes

Posted: 12:03 PM, Oct 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 23:34:50-04
Can a caterpillar predict the winter? Some Wisconsinites say yes

Can a caterpillar predict the winter? How about a squirrel? Some people believe they can.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, Southeast Wisconsin is in for a mild, but wet winter.

The Farmer's Almanac, on the other hand, is going out on a limb predicting a frozen and snowy winter.

A historic blizzard is forecast to strike the northern Rockies this weekend

What about other forecast folklore?

Black woolly bear caterpillars, early migration of geese and monarch butterflies, fog in August, squirrels with bushy tails and a mouthful of acorns, long hair on a cow's neck, pigs that pick up sticks, and thick husk on corn are all indications of a harsh winter.

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Brown woolly bear caterpillars, a clear August, squirrels with skinny tails, short hair on a cow's neck, and pigs that avoid sticks are all signs we're in for a mild winter.

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