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Crab Makes Chilling Prediction

Baltimore Bill, the weather predicting crab, calls for an early winter.

Baltimore’s answer to Punxsutawney Phil is calling for an early winter.

On Wednesday morning Baltimore Bill, a weather predicting blue crab, walked up a specially designed ramp at the Inner Harbor and headed right into the warmer Chesapeake Bay waters indicating an early winter, according to a news release.

According to the release:

Ever since Bill was spawned in the lower Chesapeake Bay, he was different from other crabs. When he was hatched, Bill is said to have raised a claw in the water, felt a warm current and headed off to share his special power with the world. Baltimore Bill takes his job very seriously, and in a total claw-biter, he took his time making his prediction this morning.

The event was put on by Old Bay and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Correction: The direction Baltimore Bill went off the ramp was intially wrong due to incorrect information provided to Patch.

M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Who in the world came up with this idiotic idea?
number9dream September 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Uhhh...I just jabbed a pencil in my eye.
Steve September 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Probably the same people who came up with Kegasaurus.
Balt Observer September 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Not a really good idea to spend money and resources on this kind of cutesy stunt in this economic climate. What the heck were they thinking?
Peter September 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I love this but you need to take it further. Where is the video of the crab? Put it in a tophat, etc.
Dave September 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/videogallery/72545071/Weather/VIDEO-Baltimore-Bill-the-crab-predicts-early-winter If I had to guess it was probably payed for by McCormick Spices.
Alisa Bralove-Scherr September 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Sadly, the crab immediately died upon plunging into the uninhabitable waters of the Inner Harbor.
Other Tim September 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Just as accurate as the Farmers' Almanac or any of the local TV stations' weather forecasts.

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