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Saturday, March 20, 2010

WILL WE HAVE ANOTHER BAD WINTER? FOLKLORE WILL TELL


Folklore tells us that the wooly bear caterpillar (the larva of the Isabella tiger moth or Pyrrharctia Isabella) can predict how harsh a winter is in store.  If the brown band in the middle is large, it will be a mild winter; if narrow, a severe one. Severe winters are also forecasted by:
  • an abundance of acorns
  • very dense feathers on chickens or thick coats on raccoons
  • Very thick skins on onions or corn husks
  • Crickets in the chimney or on the hearth
  • Frequent halos around the sun or the moon.
Old timers swear that winter weather can be forecasted by the shape of persimmon seeds.  Seeds are cut in half, and the shape inside predicts the weather.  If the cut seed has the shape of a knife, the winter will be so cold that the wind will feel like it’s cutting through you.  If a fork shape appears, the winter will be mild with light dustings of snow, but if the seed looks like a spoon, the winter will be harsh with much snow to shovel.

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