You might not realize just how many people, both academically educated and self-taught prognosticators, are predicting a strong chance for a nasty winter this year, but we just keep getting hit with story after story.

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Just this month we've had stories highlighting the chances for snow this winter like this one HERE.

There's the story about Farmer's Almanac regarding the timing of the first frost this Fall that we saw HERE.

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Nathan Stirk - Stringer/Getty Images/Canva
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And earlier this week, one story suggested that our record-breaking hot summer could lead to a colder-than-normal winter.  See that one HERE.

Regardless of our likes or dislikes about cold weather, winter is coming.  Traditionally here, we have a couple of cold snaps between the end of October and Christmas, however the lion share of what we might deem "winter" won't arrive until after the New Year.

Question is, "Just how cold will this year be?"  Are we in for another ice storm? Could we see another  "Snowmageddon"?

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To channel the inner Boy Scout in all of us and make attempt to "Be Prepared", it's always nice to know what forecasters are thinking, even though 90% of the time they are dead wrong.

To aid in that effort, all we have to do is look to Mother Nature.  Old timers agree that nature itself will give us a hint about what the coming months could feel like.

One example of those indicators, according to local lore and some 'old timers' in the area, is to try 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) look to see what the center looks like.

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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.

That's just one test to see what winter has in store. Below are several other signs to look for to determine if it's going to be a harsh winter or not.

Check out these "8 Natural Signs That Shreveport Could Be in For a Harsh Winter"

8 Natural Signs That Shreveport Could Be in For a Harsh Winter

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