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In the News: KU experts predict chilly winter

October 9, 2012

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Both Patrick Donmoyer, German folklore authority at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, and Dr. Michael Davis, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Geography, agree that this winter in Berks County will be a snowy, and chilly winter.

The two KU experts were quoted in an article on the upcoming winter season in the Reading Eagle.

Among folklorists who interpret nature, some key factors to assist in predicting the upcoming winter are creatures like molting chickens and caterpillars. "The old-timers used to say that if the chickens molt in August the winter will be severe," Donmoyer said.

Davis predicted moderate snowfall this winter, slightly above average based on present weather data. "I say we probably will have more snowfall than we did last year," he stated, as well.