These nice cooler days have been really pleasant. This leads me to wonder what winter will be like in Alabama? To be honest, I’m ready for some snow. I really want to make a snowman and take some selfies. I just don’t want to have to deal with any ice.

I grew up following the Farmers’ Almanac, and recently I let you know that they are predicting a “frosty flip-flop winter” for the United States. It zoned in on a “quite chilly, mixed bag of precipitation” for the southern states for our winter outlook.

Mixed bag? I want beautiful fluffy white snow.

Now things get more interesting with the Farmers’ Almanac. The folklore lets us know that “if you crack open a persimmon seed from a ripe fruit and look at the shape inside (called the cotyledon), it can forecast the winter weather.”

Fork Shape: Winter will be mild

Spoon Shape: There will be a lot of snow

Knife Shape: Winter will be bitingly cold that cuts like a knife.

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist recently received a picture of a persimmon that was found near the Alabama/Georgia state line in Cleburne County, which clearly shows a spoon.

My cousins in North Carolina swear on the bible by the persimmon seed prediction. However, James Spann [The G.O.A.T.] has pointed out an issue with the persimmon seed theory.  He has “been getting pictures of persimmon seeds in the shape of a spoon every fall for 43 years. And, for most winters that follow, we don’t get a single snowflake. So… use this data with caution.”

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I guess we will wait and see. Until then, let’s get excited about Fall Colors coming to our area. Click here for my fall color prediction guide.


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