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IF WALNUT AND PECAN HULLS ARE THICK, A BAD WINTER WITH MUCH
SNOW AND COLD WEATHER IS COMING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 05-08-1969

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THE NUMBER OF SNOWS IN THE WINTER CAN BE PREDICTED BY THE
NUMBER OF FOGGY MORNINGS DURING AUGUST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 05-08-1969

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HOW TO TELL YOUR OWN TRUE LOVE: IF YOU CAN SMELL MAGNOLIA AND
HONEYSUCKLE IN THE WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; METRO MANOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love

Date learned: 05-00-1969

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WHEN THE WOLLY WORM CRAWLS NORTH IN SEPTEMBER IT MEANS
THERE WILL BE A VERY COLD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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WHEN GEESE FLY NORTH EARLY IN THE FALL, IT MEANS AN
EARLY WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time AutumnFall

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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THE THICKNESS OF CORN SHUCKS TELLS IF IT WILL BE A HARD
WINTER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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IF HORNETS' NESTS ARE CLOSE TO THE GROUND, IT WILL BE A
HARD WINTER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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THE NUMBER OF MORNING FOGS IN AUGUST IS THE NUMBER OF SNOWS
IN THE WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DOYLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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A LARGE NUMBER OF COB WEBS INDICATES A BAD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DOYLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COBWEBS ; QUANTITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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HAVE YOU GOT THE THING ABOUT THE GROUNDHOG? WELL, ON
FEBRUARY 2, EVERY YEAR A GROUNDHOG IS SUPPOSED TO COME UP OUT
OF HIS HOLE, AND IF HE DOESN'T SEE HIS SHADOW, THEN WE'VE
GOT SOME MORE WINTER LEFT.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-23-1968

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A RING AROUND THE MOON IN SUMMER, RAIN IS COMING.
A RING AROUND THE MOON IN WINTER, SNOW IS COMING.
IF YU COUNT THE NUMBER OF STARS WITHIN THE RING, YOU WILL
KNOW HOW MANY DAYS (BEFORE THE RAIN COMES).

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME THING IN MAINE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MAINE ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- P57 P57.34
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YU COUNT THE FOGS IN AUGUST IT WILL TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF
SNOWS IN THE WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F465
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IF A SCREECH OWL OR A WHIP-POOR-WILL CRIES NEAR THE HOUSE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU TURN YOUR COAT WRONG SIDE OUT
AND HANG IT ON THE DOOR KNOB. IN THE WINTER, YOU CAN STICK
THE SHOVEL IN THE FIRE UNTIL THE OWL IS QUIET.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WILLIAMSON COUNTY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

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THE FIRST ROBIN YOU SEE MEANS WINTER HAS ENDED AND SPRING IS HERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Greenville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.3

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRDS CONGREGATING TOGETHER IN WINTER IS A
SIGN OF SNOW.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IF THERE IS A HEAVY SHUCK ON THE EAR OF CORN, THERE WILL BE
A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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THERE WILL BE AS MANY SNOWS IN THE WINTER AS THERE ARE FOGS
IN AUGUST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IF IT THUNDERS AND THERE IS LIGHTENING, THE SNOWFALL WILL BE
VERY HEAVY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BELIEF

IF THERE ARE FEWER CRICKETS, THERE WILL BE A HEAVY WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 05-03-1972

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