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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Md. caterpillars predict harsh winter

By Washington Post editors

Image by graftedno1 via Flickr

They might look cute and cuddly, but the woolly bear caterpillars submitted for the 2010 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack contest brought news of a harsh and severe winter ahead, according to Kate S. Alexander at The Herald-Mail.

The Almanack received more than 60 entries during the month of October from local residents and children who gathered, photographed and submitted pictures of the caterpillars for judging.

Using the photographs submitted for the contests, Almanack Weather Prognosticator William O’Toole determined that the upcoming winter will be cold, snowy and severe, Almanack Editor Charles W. Fisher Jr. said.

Read more about the Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack's unusual weather prediction contest.

By Washington Post editors  | November 30, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Weather  
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Let's see. This entire article is copied verbatim from the "Herald Mail" article linked to, without actually citing it here. I believe that's called "plagiarism."

Posted by: rashomon | November 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, so did they predict last winter's major storms?

Posted by: linroy62 | November 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Saw one of these behind the Greenbelt Metro Station near a creek but it was all black. no rust belt. Have also noticed my squirrels have been scavenging since late September so there may be a hard winter coming. Don't know if it means anything but a rare sighting for my neighborhood was a bright green large praying mantis in September and a smaller one in cammo earlier in November. Always love those guys!

Posted by: jcaroleclarke | November 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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