The Richmond Register

Breaking News

Lifestyles & Community

October 16, 2013

What’s your winter weather forecast?

Northside — This past Sunday in my church parking lot I spotted a perfect specimen of a woolly worm, one of nature’s finest weather forecasters.

I haven’t been able to get God’s little creature out of my mind, so I thought I’d just write about my little friend.

Today, we have access to accurate scientific forecasts of the weather for months in advance. In yesteryear, however, farmers and other interested people relied heavily upon nature’s fingerprints to venture a guess about the weather for the coming months.

I have taken time to list a few of nature’s finest weather forecasters.

Upon closer examination of nature’s mild or harsh winter indicators, I found more than a few examples of folklore that taught our ancestors how to better prepare for a winter.

Here are a few examples:

If wasps built their nest up high off the ground, it is a sign of upcomingharsh winter weather.

If the ears of corn were wrapped tightly in heavy husks; if dogs, cats and other fur-bearing creature grew excessively heavy coats of fur; if squirrels began to gather nuts early, and if mice and insects started coming into your house out of the cold, all are indicators of a forthcoming harsh winter. 

The above are all natural phenomena that farmers and pioneers used to prepare for fair or foul winter weather.

Of course, I cannot leave out the most common, natural forecaster of all. Its scientific name isPyrrhactia Issabella, but we call it the wooly worm.

If the black band around the middle of the brown wooly worm was thick and elongated, folks would think they were surely in for a rough, cold winter.

Boonesborough State Park would like to announce that its is decorated with sights, sounds and over a half of a mile of Halloween lights and displays for the public’s enjoyment. 

You may drive through and enjoy their display from your car. You can play miniature golf while digesting the Halloween music. 

Concessions and snack stands are available. Donations to our park foundation will be appreciated! This event runs through Oct. the 26.

To the lady who called and asked about Madison Central’s Tournament of Band for her visiting, out-of-town grandson, I truly hope he enjoyed the fine music and every part of his day with us. Thanks for calling.

I would like to sign off with my own old adage this week. “That man is as honest as a cat with the meat out of reach.”

Feel free to contact me with your old sayings, signs or old remedies by calling 527-0411. All of the public’s participation on this feature in my article has created quite a stir of excitement.  Thanks everyone.

Please also contact me with church or community news or personal events or special days happening on our northern end of the county.

I can be reached by calling 527-0411 or by e-mailing

Until next week, may God bless you and yours.

Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • 4.15 Eggstravaganza 1.jpg Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond

    Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?

    Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg We old folks have unique experiences

    A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today

    Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.

    April 11, 2014

  • 4-11 FosterParentYear.jpg Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent

    Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-11 PuppetryFILE.jpg Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea

    The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic

    The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
    The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.

    April 3, 2014

  • State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open

    Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
    The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

    April 2, 2014

  • 3-29 PetsofWeek1.jpg Pets of the Week

    This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.

    This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.

    March 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Expanded Local Foods Expo is Saturday in Berea

    The annual Local Foods Expo, sponsored by Sustainable Berea, has outgrown its humble beginnings, a workshop with 40 attendees five years ago.

    This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Berea Welcome Center (old L&N Depot) in Old Town on Broadway.

    March 26, 2014

  • Diabetes walk Saturday at YMCA

    The Stepping Out for Diabetes 2014 walk will start 11 a.m. Saturday at the Telford YMCA, 1100 E. Main St., Richmond.

    March 26, 2014

AP Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

     View Results