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Who do you believe?

Old wives tales, Farmer’s Almanac have differing views of the upcoming winter’s weather?

Many farmers have trusted the annual Farmers’ Almanac for predicting the weather. It is among the folklore methods and groundhog prediction using the organic and natural approach to foresee the weather.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, NC, SC and TN should expect “chilly, showery” weather in the winter of 2020-21. It states that the Southeastern part of the country will experience average precipitation, but chillier temperatures than usual.

In addition, residents of the community have reported seeing black, fuzzy caterpillars with rusty-brown stripes, believed to symbolize a mild winter. The blacker the “Wooly Worm” caterpillar, represents a more severe winter, the wives’ tale claims.

Another “wives tale” is the more acorns there are on the ground in the fall, the more snow there will be in the winter. It has been reported that there is no short supply of acorns thus far, contradicting the Almanac’s predictions.

Residents of the Foothills are left wondering what this winter truly holds.

By Macy Cochran
macy.cochran@tryondailybulletin.com