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Good Question: Can the woolly worm really predict the weather and what if you find a white one?

To bring you the most accurate forecast each night we have Chief Meteorologist TG Shuck and the First Alert Defender, but some people think you should rely on a creepy crawler for the job.

Good Question: Can the woolly worm really predict the weather and what if you find a white one?

It may be fall in Kentucky right now with mild weather, but as they say stick around and the weather will change.

When it comes to the forecast we look to TG, but Tom Priddy a University of Kentucky meteorologist says some have other methods.

"There is a lot of weather lore not only in Kentucky, but the entire United States. Some has scientific backing much of it does not," says Priddy.

Each year many people turn to the woolly worm to see what the winter may hold.

In fact, according to some experts these furry creatures have an 85% accuracy rating.

Weather lore says if a woolly worm is:
More brown than black-mild winter
More black than brown-harsh winter
White woolly worm- a lot of snow

We did some checking and last year you may recall we had quite a bit of snow.

Folks last year reported seeing woolly worms that were all black, meaning if you believe the lore you believe these little fellows can predict the weather.

But for a guy who uses science and technology to do it, Tom Priddy says the woolly worm may just make for a good story.

"Unfortunately the woolly worm doesn't have a lot of scientific backing."

In some areas of the country the woolly worm is also known as the woolly bear.


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