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Looking for weather prognosticators

Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at 2:55 PM

Remember the woman, now deceased, in Crab Orchard who predicted winter weather, with some success, each fall?

Do any of you know anyone who has a sense of what winter's going to be like each year -- and/or who sees indicators in nature which most of us miss?

I've got a story upcoming on winter weather predictions and, while we'll check the "Old Farmer's Almanac" and the usual sources, it's likely many of you can be just as reliable.

I'd like to get in touch with a few local folks who have a track record of weather prognosticating. Contact me by e-mail, dmelson@t-g.com or 684-1200 ext. 229, with some names.

And leave your predictions here, too.

Side note: Remember what snow looked like? There are quite a few small children in Bedford County who have never seen a real snow. Remember the "old days" ("old" as in the 1980s and 1990s?)

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Old days for me are 1960 and 1970. That is when I was a young child and then a teenager.I always think back to when it snowed alot in Virginia ( not in the Mts. either)Hampton Virginia me and Dad would always turn on the flood lights all around the house and sit on the Florida room with no lights on inside and watch the snow fall from the lights. I loved it. My mom was and still is a person that is always very neat. So I was never able to play in the front yard in the snow cause she felt the tracks made the yard look ugly in the snow. That was okay cause I enjoyed running in the field with my pony and beagle dog Pebbles. We got lots of snow in the winter when I was growing up. Not just flurries but 6 and more inches. Dad and I always got up very early the next morning and ride for hours it seems and look at all the snow lying in all the trees. It seemed it always snowed on a friday nite or saturday nite. Oh they were wonderful days in my life.

-- Posted by heaven8kids7grandrebelrose on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 6:43 PM

Hampton VA, wow I loved that place. I used to go there to boat. Love the smell of the air there.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 9:32 PM

I can remember a few pretty good snows here, but my best memories are from the winter of I believe 1972. I was a freshman in what was then the first year of Cascade high school. I can remember a bunch of us getting together and sledding off of the old "Standpipe" hill on the east side of town, just off Depot Street. If my memory serves me correctly, there were a few, more resourceful kids who managed to wax up an old hood off a Volkswagon Beetle. Hard to control, but perfect for high speed sledding!

By the way, hornets have built their nests way up high off the ground and the "Kotabbi" worms started nesting about 3 weeks early this year. Harsh winter ahead.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Nov 13, 2008, at 1:07 AM

I think if you go by the caterpillars that we will have a cold patch then milder weather and then cold again near the end of winter. You are supposed to go by the black stripes and the one I saw the other day was black on each end and brown in the middle.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Thu, Nov 13, 2008, at 11:12 PM

All I know for sure is ..that it has been a bitterly cold weekend and I see the dollars floating out my window from my heating bill :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 9:11 PM

It is too early to be this cold. I could handle a cold day or two ,not a whole week.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Nov 18, 2008, at 9:20 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.