Life On Mars

October 30, 2011 by staff 

Life On MarsLife On Mars, Last week I wrote about caterpillars are wool and how they are considered by some forecasters at the level of severity of the winter.

Woolly bears he had seen earlier this month seems to be about half black and half red-brown. According to tradition, climate, colorful winter 50/50 requires a more or less. The more black on the woolly bear the brunt of winter is supposed to be.

Also asked readers to let me know about any meteorological tradition used to predict the coming of winter.

Martha Dewey Perrysburg email to tell me of his father, who used to make some provision for area newspapers, and sometimes for Buffalo TV stations.

“My father was Howard Sager. He died in 2005 at the age of almost 99. He was known on the CB radio and the entire world as” The Weather Man, “wrote Ms. Dewey.

“It was by the thickness of corn husks, the woolly bear, the thickness of onion skins and the height of bees nest,” he continued. “He grew the local reserve and went for his wisdom. Woolly bears I have seen are mostly very dark, bees nests are high and the skins of corn and onions are thick. To me that means a very cold, snowy winter.

“All we know what was true in the spring. For me, I think I will go into hibernation.”

Last week I also wrote the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a slightly milder winter than normal, in general, for our region. The Almanac of meteorologists believe that the region may have less than normal rainfall, while snowfall totals are expected to be normal.

For what it’s worth, the U.S. government forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the slightly cooler temperatures and more snow are possible for the Great Lakes region that stretches from east to west are New York and Pennsylvania west.

Given the predictions – or at least guess – maybe it’s 50/50 as to how the winter will go.

And that is what the woolly bears are telling us.

I’d still be interested in knowing more traditional when it comes to weather forecasting. Email me or send me here Olean Times Herald in.

One of my favorite things to do is work to “turn back the clock” for our Sunday edition. I love scrolling through microfilm because it is a local window on the past – always takes longer than me perhaps because I can not decide if it is not used.

A story that ran last week was too good to use in just a couple of sentences, not least because the astronomer and author Dr. Ray Jawardhana will speak at Jamestown Community College in Olean today. His book is called “strange new worlds: the search for alien planets and life beyond our solar system,” and discuss the latest scientific evidence confirms that there are thousands of planets in outer space.

A planet that captured the attention of many scientists in the early part of 20 was Mars. Here’s a headline and story in the October 26, 1936, edition of the Herald Olean Times:

“Few questions about life on Mars, says Alfred Savant”

“ALFRED – Dr. Arthur E. Carpenter, a friend of some of the world’s leading astronomers, thinks it would be a waste of time to go to Mars.

“” Even if the rocket plane would come, “a set of Alfred University,” would require, at 250 kilometers per hour, would take 15 years and six months. Think of all the useful things you could do at that time. ”

“However, if the man came to Mars could feel at home, he said.

“” Undoubtedly much there life on Mars, “he said.” “It’s almost certain that no plant life, and astronomers are gradually admitting it is likely that intelligent animal life.

“‘On Mars would not be the same sky we see on earth. There would be snow and ice. Would have channels, but if they were built by engineers is something we still do not know.”

“When the 200-inch (telescope) in Corning is set within three years, Dr. Carpenter said astronomers would be able to weather maps of Mars and possibly answer questions about intelligent life there.

“He said that some scientists believe that the flight to the Moon, Mars if not, it will be possible within 50 years.”

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