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Superstitions That Predict Arkansas' Winter Forecast

It's Halloween, which means old wives tales are floating around, but there are many unique to the natural state.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- With winter right around the corner many would rather not be blindsided by snowy conditions, so they resort to old tales passed down through the generations.

"Actually when I moved to Arkansas was the first time I heard cutting the persimmon in half and whether that was going to be a hard winter," said Steve Weiman the manager at Good Earth Garden Center.

He said he is asked frequently about these Arkansas farmer fables.

"These come through history when people don't understand things. They notice things through nature and they tie them together. It's interesting," said Beth Phelps with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Finding a locally grown persimmon is not the easiest task in the world, but we were able to find one at a community garden run by Lavern Davis.

Once you're able to get your hands on some locally grown persimmons you simply start cutting them open. While it might look slightly unappetizing, some people believe these do predict the weather.

"The spoon is above average snowfall, the knife is lower than normal temperatures and fork is higher than normal," she said.

Ours came out like a spoon meaning a winter full of snow, but if you're still skeptical there are other tales to tell.

"The bands on the woolly caterpillar," said Weiman. "I've watched that my whole life. I think there's some truth to that."

As employee of a research based organization, Phelps said to take the outcomes with a grain of salt.

"It's not hogwash but these are folklore, these are stories people told, there's no science basis," she said.

Whether we'll have a snowstorm like last year, we'll just have to wait and see.
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