Them Hick Predictions: Winter 2018-2019

Growing up, we were taught to predict the coming winter by the first (living) wooly worm we saw. And here he is! This is my interpretation for East Tennessee’s approaching cold:

The head and tail are black, meaning the beginning and end of winter will be harsh. The middle of his fur is brown, showing a time with either no snow or a lot of wetness. The blackness at the end is a bit smaller than that at the head, meaning that winter should be over come the mid-April. So March could definitely “come in like a lamb and leave like a lion” as mama always said. Since the head portion of black is longer than the tail, we could have an early winter, coming as soon as Halloween or mid-November that will bring freezes and snow until about the end of January.

These meanings are paired back to the fogs we had in February and August that I took note of (excluding the areas near the river): they total out to one in February and nine in August; a couple were very strong meaning about 6” more of snow, while others were faint wisps. So it will be mostly harsh this winter temperature-wise and not so much with snow. These could line up well with the warm temperatures or wetness predicted by the brown portion of the wooly worm.

So if you garden, I’d start harvesting and clearing out this month. I’m going to stop later and get an updated farmers almanac to compare to my notes here. If you already have one, feel free to give the predictions from the FA in the comments!!! Otherwise, I’ll come back and update this post.

And y’all thought us hicks were just superstitious and there wasn’t nothing to this!

Update: looks like the FA lines up with my predictions with the worm and the fogs:

Author: Jake Richards

Jake (Dr. Henny) follows family practice as a Yarb Doctor and Conjure man in the Appalachian Folk Magic tradition. He follows the legacy of his mother (a seventh daughter), that left behind by his grandfather, a baptist preacher who was a blood stopper, wort doctor, and thrush doctor; his grandmother, who was a knowledgeable woman in these works before Alzheimer’s set in; his great, great grandfather who witched for water in Washington County and his great grandmother who taught and worked from her roost at the foot of Devil’s Nest Mountain. Jake is the author of Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia, available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound. When he's not writing, blogging, reading the bones or trying for clients: he is either traveling, gardening, sewing, book binding, reading, or sculpting. For questions, readings, recommendations for future posts, interviews and the like, you are welcome to email him below:

One thought on “Them Hick Predictions: Winter 2018-2019”

  1. Nice! Thanks! Oh, he’s a big one too! Glad I got the scarves and gloves washed up already. 😊 It was in the 90s here top of the rock in Coalmont. Mother Nature’s got jokes today.

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