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Folklore: Weather Forecasting With Persimmons

(Diospyros virginiana L.: common, or American persimmon)


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Weather Forecasting Using Persimmon Seeds

One of the many ways people have used plants and animals to forecast the weather includes the use of persimmon seeds.  The results for using persimmon seeds to predict the weather vary somewhat from region-to-region, but they are quite similar.  As is always the case, the actual validity of predicting the weather using methods from folklore can be a bit suspect.  The results are not scientifically valid, but fun nonetheless.  Weather forecasting methods from folklore include using the color bands on woolly worms and various other insects, groundhogs (groundhog day), and squirrels among others.  

Enjoy!  Pictures will be added later.

Persimmon seeds are flattened.  In order to use this "weather forecasting method", one splits a persimmon seed parallel to the flattened sides.  Once split, the appearance little whitish sprout is examined.  The sprout generally forms a "fork", "knife", or "spoon".  

If one sees the fork, it means a mild Winter.  

If one sees a spoon, it means a lot of snow for the upcoming Winter.  

If one sees a knife, it means cold Winter winds are ahead.

WARNING: If you do this, be VERY careful while splitting the seeds so as not to cut yourself.  I can tell you this from personal experience!