You don't need any fancy gadgets on this day... just step outside or look at the sky and you know... it's cold and windy. But looking ahead -- you have to dig a little deeper. We made a trip to the woods to find some persimmon trees. The folklore is, when you split open the seeds, winter's secret is inside.
"Try not to cut my finger."
The seeds are little slippery -- but with some patience -- I finally got it.
"Nothing in that one, no spoons, no forks, no knives."
The kernels create a shape. If you see a knife, you can expect to be "cut" by icy, cutting winds. A fork would give you a mild winter with light, powdery snow. Then there's the spoon... it suggests you better buy a shovel... lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.
" Oh! Oh! We got a spoon...We got a spoon. "
But wait! Nature isn't done yet. Like the wooly worm... Folklore says the more brown, the better... if you're hoping for a mild winter. The more black there is... the more severe the winter. The wooly worms this year are mostly brown.
Finally -- There's the farmer's almanac. The little book many farmers and ranchers swear by is predicting a frosty and wet winter. Only time will tell.