Non-Caterpillar Weather Lore

Posted on: 8:30 pm, October 28, 2013, by

Last week we hit the wooly worms hard. This week, how about some more weather lore of a different size and scope?

First, let’s take Monday morning’s moon (31% waning crescent). This photo is from Stephanie Gentle in Jackson County. Ever heard that the “Moon is holding water?”

Monday morning moon from Jackson County - Stephanie Gentle

Monday morning moon from Jackson County – Stephanie Gentle

“The Moon is holding water” is a bit of lore that suggests a crescent moon that looks like a cup or bowl in the sky is holding water. That is supposed to be a sign of dry weather. Want to hear something funny? It rained not long after that picture was taken! This is obviously a myth; the way the Moon looks in the sky has nothing to do with short or long term weather.

Knives, spoons, and forks: they’re not just for eating anymore. There is weather lore about this, and WHNT News 19′s Storm Hunter Mike Wilhelm explained how persimmon seeds are supposed to predict the winter here on Valleywx.com last year.

In order to predict the weather using the seed, it needs to be extracted from the persimmon, dried, and then carefully sliced in half. Once sliced in half, there will be one of three shapes that show up: a spoon, fork, or knife. If the center of the seed resembles a fork, the weather will supposedly be mild. If the center of the seed resembles a knife, the winter will be icy. If the center of the seed resembles a spoon, the winter will be snowy.

William Summers sent us this picture of the “spoon” persimmon seed he found today on Sand Mountain just north of Buck’s Pocket. According to William’s tree, it’s going to be a snowy winter:

Persimmon seeds from Sand Mountain - William Summers (Lazy J Farm)

Persimmon seeds from Sand Mountain – William Summers (Lazy J Farm)

This one is not such a slam dunk to prove right or wrong. Mike Wilhelm’s persimmons last year showed spoons, and it snowed a several inches a few times in spots, but not much at his house.

We’ll keep track of that one!

-Jason
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