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If we are reading all of nature's signs correctly, it would appear that the Arklatex is in for a pretty rough winter.

Though we had "Snowmageddon" earlier this year, overall it wasn't a terribly frigid winter, but nature says things should be a lot different this year.

For me, it all began with the Farmer's Almanac prediction that the deep mid-South, which includes all of Texas and Louisiana, would be "Chilled to the Bone with near normal precipitation" this winter.  That got my attention because, believe it or not, the Farmer's Almanac long range weather predictions are generally correct 80 to 85 percent of the time.

Of course, I wanted to do some other research to see what Mother Nature had to say on the subject.

The first thing to try was the old "What form do you see in the persimmon seed?" trick.

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After removing the seeds and slicing one in half (which is quite a feat) there it was; the dreaded spoon.

Gary McCoy

According to folklore, if the local persimmon seed is shaped like a spoon, you can expect plenty of snow.

If it's shaped like a fork, your area will see a mild winter, and if that kernel looks like a knife, you're in for frigid winds that will cut like a knife.

Obviously, ours was the spoon. With that test done, it was time to look at other indicators from Mother Nature, and according to all I found, here in the Arklatex, we're in for a pretty rough winter this year.

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