While I have heard from a couple people who discount the signs of nature as it relates to winter, I have received hundreds of e-mails commenting on what they have seen through their own observations. As a reminder:
Persimmon Seeds. When you cut open a persimmon seed, you will see one of three shapes. If it is shaped like a spoon, the winter will have heavy snow. If it is a fork, then it will be a biting (or numbingly) cold winter. Finally, if the seed is shaped like a fork, then it will be a mild winter. Most years I hear about all three. But, so far I have received an incredible number of reports about the seed. So far, no forks. 96% are spoons and 4% are knives. The preponderance of reports are coming from the middle part of the US including these three:
I live in between Salem and rolla Missouri, 6 Persimmon Seeds all spoons and have seen only a couple wooly worms…mostly black. It has been my experience that the persimmon seed has been too accurate!! This is the first I have heard of the wooly worm….Thanks.
Opened about a dozen seeds in the past few weeks all have had spoons. Sounds exciting. North Central Arkansas
In Indiana southern part to different counties 100 spoons 1 knife
The woollybear caterpillar is another story. If he has an narrow orange band in the middle, it warns of a heavy snow; So, what does it meant and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold. So, the blacker, the worse the winter. The more orange, the more mild. At least this is what was observed over centuries. Here are a couple of sightings:
My husband and I opened our garage door to find a huge black wooly worm on our driveway. It was bigger than normal and coal black. No other color on him. We’re in central Ohio
I live in central Florida and have seen numerous woolies. My mother-in-law has about a dozen in her garden, all black with VERY thick fur. They are in her garden so not sure of their direction. Possibly a cold winter here?! Would be great since the winters have been warm the last couple of years!
We’ll soon find out if nature and or the Farmers’ Almanac are right with their call for winter. Stay tuned.