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(PennLive)   The severity of the winter will be determined by...c) woolly worms   (pennlive.com) divider line 13
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3942 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Oct 2013 at 2:41 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-10-14 02:51:42 PM  
4 votes:
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.
2013-10-14 03:14:46 PM  
2 votes:
blog.cleveland.com

Disapproves of calling woolly bears "woolly worms".  Otherwise, approves of this thread.
2013-10-14 02:57:25 PM  
2 votes:

slapmastered: Seriously, the man only has a 6th grade education, but he's by far and away the wisest man I've ever known.


Never confuse formal education with intelligence.  I've know people who were very educated but unintelligent, and I've known very intelligent people who were uneducated.
2013-10-14 02:54:05 PM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-10-14 06:20:57 PM  
1 votes:

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 05:48:25 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:32:42 PM  
1 votes:

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 03:29:20 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: slapmastered: Seriously, the man only has a 6th grade education, but he's by far and away the wisest man I've ever known.

Never confuse formal education with intelligence.  I've know people who were very educated but unintelligent, and I've known very intelligent people who were uneducated.


My intention was neither to denigrate formal education nor glorify it. Different people have different requirements for their lives. My dad, for example, was the first member of that family to graduate from college. He has a degree in Accounting. Know what he does for a living? He followed in the family business, and bought out Pap's logging business when Pap wanted to retire. He doesn't feel like he wasted his education, but has said to me that he might have done it differently if he had it to do over again.

I personally couldn't have achieved my current career, which has been my goal for much of my life, without my formal education. You can't be a Mechanical Engineer though a (formal or informal) apprenticeship track, at least not in the modern world. So, for me, formal education was a must. That doesn't mean I completely neglected learning, listening, and absorbing as much as I could, and still thankfully can, from my Pap Hart, each and every time I'm around him.

I absolutely agree that both types of "intelligence" are important, and unfortunately rarely found together. My own "mental slang" for differentiating the two defines "book smart" as the "education level" or "intelligence," and someone's "street smarts" or "experience smarts" as their "wisdom." Hence, my statement regarding my Pap's wisdom. My wife and I have a theory that an inverse relationship exists between "intelligence" and "wisdom." We've known a fair sampling of people who have an extremely high "intelligence," who are absolutely lacking in common sense or other common indicators of "wisdom," and vice versa.

/TL;DR - I agree. Education and Intelligence are neither mutually inclusive, nor mutually exclusive.
2013-10-14 02:59:33 PM  
1 votes:
Who doesn't already know this?
2013-10-14 02:45:26 PM  
1 votes:
This prediction is Granny Clampett approved.
2013-10-14 02:13:40 PM  
1 votes:

SurfaceTension: Another sign: snowpack extent in Siberia. This year it is almost complete. Last year it was about 60% complete at this time of year. Gonna be cold and wet, maybe worse than 2009-10.


i1.ytimg.com

Cold. And Hard.
2013-10-14 01:33:05 PM  
1 votes:
one sentence missing from the article for the curious:
"According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the longer the middle brown band, the milder and shorter the coming winter; the shorter the brown band, the longer and more severe winter will be."
So the stock photo isn't from this year either.
good effort John Beauge!
2013-10-14 01:13:46 PM  
1 votes:
"we still are attaining 110 percent accuracy,"
AKA - we dont know how numbers work.
 
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