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2013-10-14 03:44:08 PM

big pig peaches: abfalter: It is gonna be a rough winter:

Maybe a long cold winter will give some authors enough indoor time to FINISH THAT GODDAMN BOOK SERIES ALREADY!!!


You know who else had a long cold winter?

userserve-ak.last.fm

Cinderella, that's who.
 
2013-10-14 03:44:54 PM

Burr: Arkanaut: phaseolus: Caterpillars. Are. Not. Worms.

Sea horses aren't horses either.

[i.qkme.me image 300x400]


Actually, Rhode Island is/was an island, now referred to as Aquidneck Island.
 
2013-10-14 03:47:30 PM

stuhayes2010: tlchwi02: the only one i've seen was completely brown. so i have no idea what the heck that means

The first one I found, yesterday, was solid black.


Same here. No orange band at all.

We're doomed!
 
2013-10-14 03:48:43 PM

dittybopper: big pig peaches: abfalter: It is gonna be a rough winter:

Maybe a long cold winter will give some authors enough indoor time to FINISH THAT GODDAMN BOOK SERIES ALREADY!!!

You know who else had a long cold winter?

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 394x480]

Cinderella, that's who.


that's for sure. Almost every concert I went to that year, they were the opening act or on the bill
 
2013-10-14 03:51:59 PM

slapmastered: Frankly, I'll trust my Pap Hart farther than I'd ever trust any weatherman on the face of the planet. My Pap kept a weather diary for longer than I've been alive. Every day, recording temperature, humidity, cloud-cover, barometric pressure, and precipitation totals. The man has an uncanny ability to assess what the weather is going to do, simply because he has observed it in its beauty and fury for so long. He swears by, and can usually explain the root of, a lot of these "old wives tales" regarding weather and when to plant and when not to plant.

When we asked him about a month ago at his 80th birthday celebration/picnic what he thought this winter would be like?

"Cold." Was the first word out of his mouth. "Early, and cold."

...I'm making sure my house is well sealed this winter.

/Seriously, the man only has a 6th grade education, but he's by far and away the wisest man I've ever known. It is my greatest honor to be named after him, as the eldest son of the eldest son.
//I will be heartbroken on the day he passes.


I'm sure the man is a lovely person, and kudos for you for the deep respect you afford him.
However, you should look up something called 'bias confirmation'.
 
2013-10-14 03:55:03 PM

namatad: "we still are attaining 110 percent accuracy,"
AKA - we dont know how numbers work.


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2013-10-14 03:55:13 PM

slapmastered: When we asked him about a month ago at his 80th birthday celebration/picnic what he thought this winter would be like?

"Cold." Was the first word out of his mouth. "Early, and cold."


Congratulations. After 80 years, he realizes that winters are cold.

What are his thoughts on the wetness of water?
 
2013-10-14 03:57:49 PM
All these old wives tales are based on the same method. The observed phenomona is not a predictor but rather the result of the previous spring and summer weather. To that extent some of them may be fairly accurate in that the spring and summer weather may well indicate the expected winter.
 
2013-10-14 04:00:11 PM
Saying "cold" qualifies you as a weather genius?

In a place where the average temperature falls into the category of "cold" every year?
 
2013-10-14 04:01:08 PM

DesertDemonWY: dittybopper: big pig peaches: abfalter: It is gonna be a rough winter:

Maybe a long cold winter will give some authors enough indoor time to FINISH THAT GODDAMN BOOK SERIES ALREADY!!!

You know who else had a long cold winter?

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 394x480]

Cinderella, that's who.

that's for sure. Almost every concert I went to that year, they were the opening act or on the bill


"Gyspy Road" was one of the first songs I learned how to play on the guitar.
 
2013-10-14 04:19:05 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: [blog.cleveland.com image 453x641]

Disapproves of calling woolly bears "woolly worms".  Otherwise, approves of this thread.



Came for Dick Goddard, left satisfied.
 
2013-10-14 04:23:50 PM
I found an all-white one yesterday. WTF does that mean?

(His name is "Robert" if anyone cares)
 
2013-10-14 04:28:24 PM
I've been seeing quite a few wooly worms lately. Most of them have been solid brown, with no black on the ends at all.
 
2013-10-14 04:39:20 PM
I'm a Persimmon seed man myself.  Also a Dapper Dan man.
 
2013-10-14 04:40:53 PM

kwame: Saying "cold" qualifies you as a weather genius?

In a place where the average temperature falls into the category of "cold" every year?


Define "cold".  A January's 50 in Florida is cold, but 50s in Minnesota is mild.  Snowy doesn't mean cold either, and it can get too cold to snow.  Winters don't always mean cold.  There can be mild winters, or rainy winters.  A few years ago we had crocuses blooming in January, in the Northeast, since the winter was so mild.  What his grandfather implied is that it will likely be below averages temps, starting earlier than anticipated.  Even if the average temperature is 30 degrees, having days fall in the teens-20s will make it seem colder than typical.  Having them start weeks earlier or lasting weeks later than the norm can affect planting, travel, or home repairs.
 
2013-10-14 05:00:16 PM

Duck_of_Doom: Define "cold". A January's 50 in Florida is cold, but 50s in Minnesota is mild. Snowy doesn't mean cold either, and it can get too cold to snow. Winters don't always mean cold. There can be mild winters, or rainy winters. A few years ago we had crocuses blooming in January, in the Northeast, since the winter was so mild. What his grandfather implied is that it will likely be below averages temps, starting earlier than anticipated. Even if the average temperature is 30 degrees, having days fall in the teens-20s will make it seem colder than typical. Having them start weeks earlier or lasting weeks later than the norm can affect planting, travel, or home repairs.


You know his grandfather?  That's the only explanation as to how you understand that he implied something and what that implication was.
 
2013-10-14 05:00:51 PM
Honestly, the poor old bastard is probably tired of everyone in his family only ever talking to him about the weather.
 
2013-10-14 05:19:18 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Disapproves of calling woolly bears "woolly worms".  Otherwise, approves of this thread.


Grew up with this ... u win +1 intetnets for posting Dick Goddard's pic

/ all fwuzzy caterpillars are moth caterpillars
 
2013-10-14 05:32:42 PM

Duck_of_Doom: and it can get too cold to snow


No, it can't. It can, however, be too dry to snow. And yes, while cold air tends to be dryer, an influx of moisture from elsewhere can easily result in snowfall in the previously "too cold to snow" area.
 
2013-10-14 05:48:25 PM
RIP, Gil Whitney.  You left us far too soon.

/Farkers of a certain age who grew up in SW Ohio know who I'm talking about
 
2013-10-14 06:20:57 PM

Duck_of_Doom: Snowy doesn't mean cold either, and it can get too cold to snow.


That's actually a misconception.  There is nowhere on Earth where it's "too cold to snow".  What causes that misconception, though, is the fact that the lowest temperatures tend to occur on the clearest nights, because of radiational cooling.  It's the fair weather that causes the lower temps, not the low temps preventing the snow.
 
2013-10-14 06:38:49 PM
 
2013-10-14 07:19:38 PM
thewrenproject.files.wordpress.com

This winter will be a bit dry.
 
2013-10-15 12:44:01 AM

Arachnophobe: This is an ooooolllllld superstition, I remember hearing about it first in grade school back in the 80s.

And they're 'wooly bears', not wooly worms. But that might be a Northeast thing.


I cam here to complain about the same thing, and I'm from Upstate New York.
 
2013-10-15 01:52:57 AM

Mandapants: Arachnophobe: This is an ooooolllllld superstition, I remember hearing about it first in grade school back in the 80s.

And they're 'wooly bears', not wooly worms. But that might be a Northeast thing.

I cam here to complain about the same thing, and I'm from Upstate New York.


Same here. I was telling my five year old about the woolly bears. "They're the ones you see squished all over the road."
 
2013-10-15 08:22:22 AM

kwame: Duck_of_Doom: Define "cold". A January's 50 in Florida is cold, but 50s in Minnesota is mild. Snowy doesn't mean cold either, and it can get too cold to snow. Winters don't always mean cold. There can be mild winters, or rainy winters. A few years ago we had crocuses blooming in January, in the Northeast, since the winter was so mild. What his grandfather implied is that it will likely be below averages temps, starting earlier than anticipated. Even if the average temperature is 30 degrees, having days fall in the teens-20s will make it seem colder than typical. Having them start weeks earlier or lasting weeks later than the norm can affect planting, travel, or home repairs.

You know his grandfather?  That's the only explanation as to how you understand that he implied something and what that implication was.


I'm impressed. I drew out kwame. How's the little woman, by the way?

Kidding aside...D_o_Dbasically nailed it. And also, my Pap is a man of very few words. He wastes none of them. Weather is far from the only thing we ask his advice on, also. ...As to how he understood the implication, I dunno, maybe there are other members of my family on Fark and I don't know it?

/Or you could have just been being snarky...
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