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What Bugs Predict

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It's certain, on the East Coast, anyway. I got an email from Stowe (I think) the other day saying that hornets were building their nests high on the lifts this year (unlike last year), and that this was an incontrovertible indicator of a snowy winter.

 

Better than that, I saw my first wooly bear of the season:       narrow.  stripe.  

 

AND dead, WITH its head facing north.  

 

I mean . . .

post #2 of 10

I don't think it was Stowe... I didn't get anything, in any case. But any indicator is a good indicator.

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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post

I don't think it was Stowe... I didn't get anything, in any case. But any indicator is a good indicator.

 

 

You're right.  It was Sugarbush.  

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I trust the behavior of animals and bugs far more than long term weather forecasts, I'll say that much.

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AZ Snowbowl claims the critters were storing food early up there this year.  No idea what that means for ski season but we'll take anything we can get here in AZ.

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That galleria Wooly Bear pic was identical to the one I saw in the driveway a week ago....  Seems like the bands say more normal...y/n??th_dunno-1[1].gif....but I love the direction the forecasting has been taking....  One thing for certain...going to have the powder-dump setup ready for any surprise dump....the drier initial conditions have been coming and sadly have been going much too quickly to miss the opening 8hrs... to skin/hike to somewhere for some lines...

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Wow -- the wooly bear hit the big-time (must be slow at Epic!)

 

The one I saw had a narrow little band -- less than half the width of the one on the banner.  Maybe Maine's in for a normal winter, but here in NH we're looking at piles and piles of snow and long-lasting cold.  Guaranteed.

 

(Add crossed fingers and a lottery ticket.)

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I believe that ski gear purchases are inversely correlated with annual snowfall.  The more gear you purchase in summer and fall, the less snow you get.hopmad.gif

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Ah-HA! I couldn't afford ANYthing this year.  

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I believe that ski gear purchases are inversely correlated with annual snowfall.  The more gear you purchase in summer and fall, the less snow you get.hopmad.gif

Let's see, last year I bought 5 pairs of skis, two pairs of boots, a race suit (daughter, not me), helmet and I'm sure a few other items.

 

This year I only bought one pair of skis and I'm selling 4 pair, race suit and whatever else I can come up with.  Does it help that I bought the skis in the Spring biggrin.gif

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