Do wonders of winter come down to woolly worms?
Quincy, Illinois —
Could winter weather come down to the color of the woolly worm?
Maybe not exactly, but now that it's fall, some people are wondering what kind of weather to expect this winter.
There are several methods used to predict long-range seasonal forecasts.
The first forecast some people use is the woolly worm.
You've probably seen them inching across roads the past couple of weeks.
The Farmer's Almanac suggests the woolly worm's brown stripe can indicate winter conditions.
The thinner the stripe, the colder the winter.
Could their color actually determine winter temperatures?
Maybe not, but it's a fun way to start anticipating the winter season.
If you follow this method of prediction, you might be in for a cold winter as most woolly worms seen across the Tri-States this year don't have a stripe at all.
The second way to predict the upcoming winter season is through the Farmer's Almanac.
This year's prediction shows a warm and wet season here in the Tri-States, but that's only if you believe in its 'top secret formula'.
So, what's the final way?
The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center expects most of the country to see above-average temperatures with an average amount of moisture expected for our area.
Whether you like the National Weather Services' prediction, the old-fashion Farmer's Almanac or even the woolly worm's forecast, your guess for winter conditions is as good as anyone's.