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Forget fancy forecasts, just watch the ants

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December 06, 2017

When the ants start dragging wood onto their nests, which they have been doing lately, it signals wet times ahead. The wood creates a compost-like warmth. If the ants load the top of their nests with stones it means hot weather because the stones reflect the heat away from their nests.

THAT unnamed Central Victorian farmer 10; Bureau of Meteorology 0.

That’s the early scoreline in the battle to predict what this summer’s weather may bring.

In last week’s Traps we mentioned how the old farmer uses ants and their habits to make weather predictions.

When the ants start dragging wood onto their nests, which they have been doing lately, it signals wet times ahead. The wood creates a compost-like warmth. If the ants load the top of their nests with stones it means hot weather because the stones reflect the heat away from their nests.

The BOM isn’t so sure we are in for a wet summer but after last weekend’s deluges the old farmer has certainly taken a big lead with his prediction.

And one person who is on the side of the farmer at the moment is Kyabram’s Caroline Dillon.

Caroline said before the rain came last weekend she noticed ants nests at the Kyabram recreation reserve were being covered in small pieces of wood.

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