Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Caterpillars Are The Best Meteorologists In Ohio

VERMILION, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s no need to watch the Weather Channel in Vermilion, Ohio.

That’s because every October the residents rely on fuzzy, brown caterpillars known as “wooly bears,” to forecast their winter weather.

The brown critters have a band of black fur on their backs, and if that band is wide, it means lots of snow is on the way.

The wooly worms will be forecasting the weather at the 34th Annual “Wooly Bear Festival,” on October 15.

Event organizer Maureen Coe says the wooly bears are “pretty accurate” in their weather predictions and deserve their own festival.

Besides the weather prediction, the highlight of the festival is the “Wooly Bear 500 Race,” where woolies go head to head to the finish line.

As Coe explains, “Last year, we used paint for the racetrack and the woolies slid right off! This year we made it with sand so the woolies have a better grip.”

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