Hank D and the Bee: What Kind of Winter Weather?

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Hank D and the Bee
A traditional way of predicting the weather in an unpredictable time.

I fear climate change will render the groundhog and the persimmon seed as useless as the weatherman.

Never heard of predictions from the persimmon seed?

Around this time each year, Melissa Bunker of Star, North Carolina (AKA, “The Persimmon Lady”), sends us her winter prediction based on opening up some persimmon seeds. Traditional lore is that if the seeds are shaped like forks, winter will be mild; if they are shaped like spoons, there will be a lot of snow; and if they are shaped like knives, winter will be bitingly cold.

~ Farmer’s Almanac

Here’s what the Farmer’s Almanac’s Persimmon Lady has to say about the coming winter.

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Green Dude Joe

Joe Mohr has been a freelance cartoonist for the past eight years. His cartoons have been published in/on Yes! Magazine, The Village Voice, Center for Media and Democracy, Treehugger, Greenpeace, Planetsave, Elephant Journal, Wend Magazine, EarthDesk, and many other on-line and in print publications. Joe's cartoons were included in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (Pelican Press). For more cartoons, look back at the entire Hank D and the Bee archives.His first children's book ROBOT+BIKE=KITTEN hit the shelves in 2013. Joe has lived in Chicago and Portugal and currently call St Louis home with his wife and three young children. Learn more on his website.

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