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Woolly worm winter weather forecast is in

Though a little worm dubbed “Kwazimodo” took top weather forecasting honors at the 2014 Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival, Tomahawk employees discovered this ominous jet-black woolly worm just outside our own backdoor.
Each year, the Woolly Worm Festival holds a race and the winning worm is said to hold the key to winter weather predictions with each band of color representing a week in winter. Black bands represent harsh winter weather while orange “wool” signifies a welcome break from the frigid cold and snow. The black and orange bands of the 2014 Woolly Worm Festival Champion, Kwazimodo, (owned by ninth grader Vince Wyman of Graham, NC) predicted a frigid but somewhat dry winter. However, the Tomahawk’s Woolly Worm we’ve playfully (but perhaps appropriately) dubbed Arctic Andy, paints a much more dramatic portrait of Johnson County’s upcoming winter.