By Brian Cutshall,
Legend has it that the “woolly worm” can predict Winter weather, similar to how the groundhog “forecasts” Spring weather.
The most common “woolly worm” is
the Isabella tiger
Folklore says that the amount of black in the local woolly worm’s body can foretell the severity of the upcoming Winter in that geographic area.
How? A woolly worm with more black than brown supposedly indicates a harsher Winter, while more brown than black means a milder Winter.
Vermilion, Ohio, honored Woolly’s northern counterpart at the Woollybear Festival, held on Sept. 25, 2012.
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