Till tomorrow, my sweets….

I almost forgot my favorite graphic. It just wouldn’t be Sunday without it, lol! Just call me a little evil, what can I say? It’s not really my fault, it is more like the TV’s fault. You turn the TV on in the morning wanting to see the News and all you get is preaching here and preaching there. Nothing against preaching because y’all know I have a tendency to my own fair share of it. I guess I just like what I am preaching about more than what they are preaching. Ah, well, to each his own.

I have been aiming to say a word about our “Pagan Alliance” site. No, I haven’t forgotten about it and yes, I am working on it. When I talked to the lawyer about making the site tax exempt, it will take six weeks for all the paper work to go through. He added a few other documents to my original list to protect our rumps. He can get you out of jail, take care of all the legal work we need and get our organization off on the right foot, thank the Goddess he is a good friend, lol! But I thought you would like to know how it was coming along. I know we are all anxious to get it up and running. In fact, I am very anxious to get it up and running but there is just a lot more paperwork and legal work than I imagined. It is nothing like opening a blog or a site and that’s it. When the lawyer and I first started talking about it, I believe my mouth dropped to the floor when he started telling me what all we would need for it. Gee, whiz, I never imagined all of it. But if we are going to do it, we are going to do it right. I don’t see us putting a lot of time and effort into the new site and a few months later, we find out we have done something wrong and they shut us down. I know I wouldn’t want that to happen and I am pretty sure you wouldn’t either.

I thought I would give you a quick up-date on the new site. Also it is absolutely amazing, none of the computers crashed today, imagine that? I think the mice didn’t have the opportunity to play today, lol!

We will see you tomorrow, my sweets. Till then….

Love ya,

Lady of the Abyss

 

Shameless Plug

Don’t forget we are having a super blow-out sale at the WOTC’s Store. All the sales and proceeds from that store go directly to supporting the WOTC in all of its daily operations and new ventures (and this new site is going to cost). So if you would like to show your support for us, stop by, take a look and of course, make a purchase. You get a goody and we get to cover our operating expenses.

Witches of the Craft’s On-line Store

Don’t forget, we are now offering daily horoscopes, runes and tarot over there also.

 

 

Oh, My Goodness, Look Who Just Flew In….

It’s The Wild & Crazy Witch!

Well, ok, it’s the Wild & Crazy Walking Witch!

For those of you who are new to the WOTC, when the Wild & Crazy Witch shows up, she brings some special things with her. For example, she might bring, “Magickal Hints & Tips,” “The Witch Said What,” or “Free Printable Spells for Your BOS.”

As you know, all our information is free for you to use because we started out as a Pagan Resource Center. See anything that the Wild & Crazy Witch has brought us today, feel free to snag it for your site. She brings some pretty good stuff, at times, lol!

Enjoy!

This One is Personal, I See This Little Wooly Things All The Time…..

 

WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLARS AND WEATHER PREDICTION

USING WOOLLY WORMS FOR A WINTER FORECAST

The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. Whether this is fact or folklore, learn more about this legendary caterpillar and how to “read” the worm.

Here’s the legend: The Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 distinct segments of either rusty brown or black. The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.

HOW THE WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR BECAME “FAMOUS”

  • In the fall of 1948, Dr. C. H. Curran, curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, took his wife 40 miles north of the city to Bear Mountain State Park to look at woolly bear caterpillars.
  • Dr. Curran collected as many caterpillars as he could in a day, determined the average number of reddish-brown segments, and forecast the coming winter weather through a reporter friend at The New York Herald Tribune.
  • Dr. Curran’s experiment, which he continued over the next eight years, attempted to prove scientifically a weather rule of thumb that was as old as the hills around Bear Mountain. The resulting publicity made the woolly worm the most recognizable caterpillar in North America.

WHAT IS THE WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR?

The caterpillar Curran studied, the banded woolly bear, is the larval form of Pyrrharctia isabella, the Isabella tiger moth.

  • This medium-size moth, with yellowish-orange and cream-colored wings spotted with black, is common from northern Mexico throughout the United States and across the southern third of Canada.
  • As moths go, the Isabella isn’t much to look at compared with other species, but its immature larva, called the black-ended bear or the woolly bear (and, throughout the South, woolly worm) is one of the few caterpillars most people can identify.
  • Woolly bears do not actually feel much like wool—they are covered with short, stiff bristles of hair.
  • In field guides, they’re found among the “bristled” species, which include the all-yellow salt marsh caterpillar and several species in the tiger moth family. Not all are ‘woolly bears!’
  • Woolly bears, like other caterpillars, hatch during warm weather from eggs laid by a female moth.
  • Mature woolly bears search for overwintering sites under bark or inside cavities of rocks or logs. (That’s why you see so many of them crossing roads and sidewalks in the fall.)
  • When spring arrives, woolly bears spin fuzzy cocoons and transform inside them into full-grown moths.
  • Typically, the bands at the ends of the caterpillar are black, and the one in the middle is brown or orange, giving the woolly bear its distinctive striped appearance.

DO WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLARS FORECAST WINTER WEATHER?

Between 1948 and 1956, Dr. Curran’s average brown-segment counts ranged from 5.3 to 5.6 out of the 13-segment total, meaning that the brown band took up more than a good third of the woolly bear’s body. The corresponding winters were milder than average, and Dr. Curran concluded that the folklore has some merit and might be true.

But Curran was under no scientific illusion: He knew that his data samples were small. Although the experiments legitimized folklore to some, they were simply an excuse for having fun. Curran, his wife, and their group of friends escaped the city to see the foliage each fall, calling themselves The Original Society of the Friends of the Woolly Bear.

Thirty years after the last meeting of Curran’s society, the woolly bear brown-segment counts and winter forecasts were resurrected by the nature museum at Bear Mountain State Park. The annual counts have continued, more or less tongue in cheek, since then.

For the past 10 years, Banner Elk, North Carolina, has held an annual “Woolly Worm Festival” each October, highlighted by a caterpillar race. Retired mayor Charles Von Canon inspects the champion woolly bear and announces his winter forecast.

If the rusty band is wide, then it will be a mild winter. The more black there is, the more severe the winter. 

Most scientists discount the folklore of woolly bear predictions as just that, folklore. Says Ferguson from his office in Washington, “I’ve never taken the notion very seriously. You’d have to look at an awful lot of caterpillars in one place over a great many years in order to say there’s something to it.”

Mike Peters, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts, doesn’t disagree, but he says there could, in fact, be a link between winter severity and the brown band of a woolly bear caterpillar. “There’s evidence,” he says, “that the number of brown hairs has to do with the age of the caterpillar—in other words, how late it got going in the spring. The [band] does say something about a heavy winter or an early spring. The only thing is … it’s telling you about the previous year.”

Every year, the wooly worms do indeed look different—and it depends on their region. So, if you come across a local woolly worm, observe the colors of the bands and what they foretell about your winter weather.

Source

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Mar. 24: HOW INSECTS PREDICT WEATHER

 

HOW INSECTS PREDICT WEATHER

INSECTS AND CREEPY-CRAWLIES THAT FORECAST WEATHER
January 29, 2019

Next time you see an insect, check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather. Check out our weather proverbs about insects and other creepy-crawlies.

INSECT WEATHER FOLKLORE

Observe ants, bees, fireflies, and you’ll see they give us cues about upcoming weather, too! Here is folklore from our Almanac archives:

  1. If ants their walls do frequent build, rain will from the clouds be spilled.
  2. Ants are busy, gnats bite, crickets sing louder than usual, spiders come down from their webs, and flies gather in houses just before rain.
  3. When bees to distance wing their flight, days are warm and skies are bright; But when their flight ends near their come, stormy weather is sure to come.
  4. Fireflies in great numbers indicates fair weather.
  5. When hornets build their nests near the ground, expect a cold and early winter.
  6. When cicadas are heard, dry weather will follow, and frost will come in six weeks.

CRICKETS’ CHIRPS

This actually isn’t folklore. Crickets’ chirps are proven to measure temperature. They chirp more frequently in warm weather. The equation for calculating the temperature from a cricket involves counting the chirps for fourteen to fifteen seconds. Then, an amount is added to the count to calculate a temperature in Fahrenheit degrees.

SPIDER FOLKLORE

Of course, spiders are not insects (which have six legs). They are arthropods. Observe their motion and their webs closely to gauge weather.

  1. When spiders’ webs in air do fly, the spell will soon be very dry.
  2. Spiders in motion indicate rain.
  3. When spiderwebs are wet with dew that soon dries, expect a fine day.
  4. Spiderwebs floating at autumn sunset bring a night frost, this you may bet.

WOOLLY WORMS’ BANDS

Certainly, many of you may have heard of the woolly bear’s claim forecast winter weather (also called woolly worm). These caterpillars have black and brown bands; according to folklore, more black than brown indicates a harsh, cold winter while more brown than black points to a mild winter.

REPTILES

Observe reptiles as weather predictors, too!

  • The louder the frogs, the more the rain.
  • Frogs singing in the evening indicates fair weather the next day.
  • Hang up a snakeskin and it will bring rain.

Cows, sheep, cats, and mammals have their cues, too.

 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Mar. 24: PREDICT TEMPERATURE WITH CRICKET CHIRPS

 

PREDICT TEMPERATURE WITH CRICKET CHIRPS

THE CRICKET AS A THERMOMETER

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN TELL THE TEMPERATURE BY COUNTING THE CHIRPS OF A CRICKET? IT’S TRUE! HERE’S THE FORMULA.

Back in 1897, a scientist named Amos Dolbear published an article “The Cricket as a Thermometer” that noted the correlation between the ambient temperature and the rate at which crickets chirp.

The formula expressed in that article became known as Dolbear’s Law. It’s surprisingly simple:

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit 
Just count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, then add 40 to get the temperature.

The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.

Example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius

Count the number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get the temperature.

Example: 48 chirps /(divided by) 3 + 4 = 20° C

Use the method you prefer and then convert to degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit using our temperature converter.

To find out this week’s weather in your region, see our seven-day forecast. (See which one’s more accurate! 🙂

WHY DO CRICKETS CHIRP?

So, how do crickets make that chirping sound? Chirping is a cricket’s way of communicating. Male crickets use chirping to attract females, scare off other males, or warn of danger.

Contrary to popular belief, crickets do not use their legs to chirp! In fact, crickets produce the iconic sound by rubbing the edges of their wings together. The male cricket rubs a scraper (a sharp ridge on his wing) against a series of wrinkles, or “files”, on the other wing. The tone of the chirping depends upon the distance between the wrinkles.

There are several reasons why crickets chirp. They may be:

  • Calling to attract a female with a a loud and monotonous sound
  • Courting a nearby female with a quick, softer chirp
  • Behaving aggressively during the encounter of two males
  • Sounding a danger alert when sensing trouble

Crickets are part of the family Orthoptera (grasshoppers and katydids).

Source

The Old Farmer’s Almanac