Bundle up for a cold winter! 1,604 worms can't be wrong!
Step aside, Greg Fishel. There's a new wintertime prognosticator in town. A woolly worm named Wilbur won the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk last weekend. He belongs to 9-year-old Noah Jens of Chapel Hill. By virtue of his winning a series of races, he is the official forecaster for the winter.Posted — Updated
Step aside, Greg Fishel. There's a new wintertime prognosticator in town.
Now, how does Wilbur the winning woolly worm forecast winter weather? Simple. His stripes tell the story. Woolly worms have 13 stripes. Lore says that each stripe represents the kind of weather we'll have for one of the 13 weeks of the winter. The darker the band, the colder the weather is supposed to be.
For what it's worth, the official winter season forecast from the National Weather Service suggests our winter will feature nearly normal temperatures and above normal precipitation on average.