Living in Middle Tennessee, it's always a mystery to what the winter weather may be. It could be mild with very little snow or a frigid storm could sweep over the state and blanket the region in ice.
Thanks to the advent of technology, the methods of predicting the weather have become a scientific process. However, it hasn't always been this way. Folklore shows that people would use an unusual method to determine what the weather may be: persimmons.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, persimmon seeds can determine what a region's winter will be like. To try it at home, find a locally-grown persimmon (very important), wait until it's ripe, cut into it and retrieve the seeds. Next, cut the seeds lengthwise and look at the root inside. Three shapes typically appear — knife, fork and spoon — that supposedly determines what the winter could look like in the region.
Based on the folklore, a spoon shape means there will be a lot of snow to shovel, a fork shape predicts a mild winter with possible light snow, and a knife means it will be a very cold winter with winds that "cut like a knife."
FOX 17 Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan tried the trick on Thursday (September 23), cutting into several seeds in an attempt to predict the weather. The three seeds she opened had what looked like two knives and one spoon, so that could mean that Middle Tennessee is in for a very cold and snowy winter.
Check the video here to see her reveal the supposed predictions.
Morgan tried out the trick last year too, revealing two spoons and two knives to predict a frigid, snowy winter. Though winters in Nashville don't typically involve snow storms, last winter did in fact see some pretty intense winter weather.
Check below to see the designs and what the mean for winter weather.