Every year in the part of the country I live in (Appalachia), people check the colors of the woolly worm to see what kind of winter we will have. A solid orange woolly worm is thought to mean a mild winter. Solid black woolly worms mean a horrible winter is ahead. Sometimes woolly worms are black on one end and orange on the other, or maybe black on both ends with orange in the middle or vice versa. This means having a winter with some bad weather and some mild. At this point the woolly worms have lied to us this winter. They were totally black in the fall, but this has been a very mild winter. Although it is snowing today, it doesn’t appear that it will be a serious snow fall.
Today being Groundhog Day, I was curious about whether or not he saw his shadow. He definitely did not. The Weather Channel said it was the worst weather on a Groundhog Day in 18 years. The good news is that if he did not see his shadow, spring will come early. With the weary dreary days of winter, I will be especially glad to see the arrival of spring this year!
Let us hope Mr. Groundhog’s predictions are correct!