We wake each day, turn on the television and are greeted with a meteorologist who is ever eager to tell us what to wear or stow away for the day. But have you thought of the methods our ancestors used to predict the weather in the pre-meteorologic days?
With winter at our doorstep, there are plenty of old proverbs that predict the upcoming weather. I do not recall when I first began using a few weather proverbs myself, but they were passed down to me through my maternal grandmother.
- A split persimmon can predict the winter weather and it’s severity if it shows a knife (icy & cold), a fork (mild) or a spoon (snowy).
- The amount of brown and black markings on a wooly bear caterpillar (or wooly worm in around my parts) can determine how much winter we will have…the less brown and more black the worm’s band, the more harsh the winter.
- If the geese flock together early and begin flying south, winter is soon to arrive.
I could not resist cutting open a few persimmon seeds from the fruit I harvested from several trees. Once opened, which I might add is quite an adventure in itself, each seed revealed a single spoon. Well, if you live in the eastern side of Missouri, get out your snow boots and gloves as they are predicting snow. Last winter, I found forks in the seeds I split and they were quite accurate with the winter weather that followed.
As for the geese, they are not ready to pack their bags quite yet but they do appear to be flocking together more than usual.
And at last, the wooly worm, I am still on the lookout for its fuzzy prediction.
You may want to try a few other weather proverbs used by our ancestors that continue to be promoted today through the Farmer’s Almanac. I find them quite fun and have enjoyed sharing them with my children.
So, do these ancestral weather proverbs hold true? Test out a few and then wait and see!
Leaves a fall’n,