Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park Persimmon Seed Experiment is in!
We told you about the Persimmon Seeds last year. This weather folklore tells us cutting open a Persimmon Seed and looking at the shape, can give insight to an upcoming winter.
If the shape of the seed is a spoon, this indicates a snowy/wet winter. If it looks like a fork, expect a mild winter with only powdery white snow events, and if it looks like a knife, it indicates more high winds.
The Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park did the Persimmon experiment yet again. Here is how it compared to last year.
Working with 45 seeds, the experiment showed the majority looked like spoons. The 2017-2018 winter had one snow event in December last year, and it was a wet snow. So folklore was right...kind of. Chattanooga last winter only saw 1/2" of snow, which is 3.5" below the average seasonal snowfall.
This year, the results from the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park are in. Working with 25 seeds this year, the experiment yet again shows the majority to be spoons, indicating a wet/snowy winter. This result pairs up with Paul's Winter Outlook with above average snowfall.
While both years have shown spoons more than anything, I find it interesting this year's experiment used 20 seeds less.
If you or a class are doing a Persimmon Seed experiment, I'd love to see your results.
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