These last few days I have been walking on the Hammock Hills Nature Trail, across from the NPS campground. It is shady and cooler than the beach. I was surprised as I neared the sound to see dozens and dozens of mud fiddlers scurrying across the footpath. When they retreated under the pine needles, into their holes, or between the bark of nearby trees their claws made a rhythmic clicking noise.
As with most traditional weather predictors, I am more than a tad skeptical. It seems to me that the mud fiddlers' natural cycle likely includes a mid-summer explosion of these critters who then scurry across the mud flats and adjacent footpaths in great numbers. Of course, hurricanes occur most frequently shortly afterwards, in August and September.
So I agree with Francis Bacon (1561-1626) who observed that, "the general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Molly Lovejoy's 2012 Ocracoke School Valedictory Address. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062112.htm.