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Furry forecaster: Logan caterpillar predicts harsh winter, if you buy in to that sort of thing

The Herald Journal

If you believe in the folklore about predicting winter by a caterpillar’s colors, here’s something that will give you shivers.

The photo of a “woolly bear” caterpillar accompanying this article was taken on the Logan River Golf Course last weekend. He says we’re in for a harsh one. Not only that, the first half will be more severe than the last half.


Of course, scientists hold no stock in long-range weather forecasts of this kind, and in fact there is a biological explanation for variations in caterpillar coloration that has never been linked to what’s in store weatherwise. But that hasn’t prevented people all over the country from having some fun with the folklore, including thousands of Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania residents who participate in annual woolly bear, woolly worm or fuzzy bear festivals. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.