Heavy Snow Predicted According To Persimmon Seeds

Heavy Snow Predicted According To Persimmon Seeds

Monroe Countians should expect to deal with plenty of snow this coming winter. The age-old persimmon test was conducted today revealing the snowy prognostication. Lifelong residents Vicki (nee Hoffmann) and Roger Taake performed the official weather prediction today at her home in rural Maeystown. 

"Me and Roger picked a whole punch of persimmons this morning," reports Taake. Being farmers, Roger and Vicki were very curious as to the severity of this coming winter. Roger pulled out his trusty pocket knife and cut several of the fruit in half. "Spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon..... All of the seeds inside were in the shape of a spoon," said Vicki after close observation.

As many astute followers of Mother Nature's tendencies' know, this means we should expect a lot of snowfall over the winter of 2016-2017. "Well, it's been wet all year, so I guess we are due for a heavy, wet snow this winter," said Roger.

According to the trustee Farmer's Almanac, the rules of the persimmon seed test are:

  • If the kernel is spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow.  Spoon = Shovel
  • If it is fork-shaped, expect a mild winter - light, powdery snow. 
  • A knife-shaped seed means a dry but very cold winter. Knife = Icy, cutting winds.

Upon learning of this prediction, the folks at Rural King plan on stocking up on thick gloves, galoshes, thermal underwear, snow sleds and Carhartt overalls. After hearing this morning's prediction, county, state and city street crews are on the phone ordering extra supplies of road salt. Waterloo park employees are also making early plans to get the Water Works hills in shape for the coming sledding season.