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FORECASTING WINTER

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, IF ACORN TREES PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCE OF ACORNS
ONE CAN EXPECT A LONG HARD WINTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): OAK TREES PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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IF THE CORN IS NOT KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY IT WILL BE
A BAD YEAR FOR CORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Food

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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LEAF BELIEF

IF THE LEAVES TURN UP, AND UNDER, IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Submitter comment:

IT USUALLY DOES RAIN IF THIS HAPPENS. IT IS A VERY GOOD
SIGN FOR PREDICTING RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; PLANT

Subject headings: 46O
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION'S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION'S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): PREDICTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THICKNESS OF SHUCKS ON CORN COBS--HARD WINTER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY DR. MORRELL, BIOLOGY TEACHER AT PEABODY

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; DIXON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER PREDICTION--THICKNESS OF OUTSIDE SKIN OF ONION.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF IS STILL HELD. PEOPLE WILL SEND IN THEIR

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE WINTER IS TO BE BAD, THE NUTS IN THE FALL WILL BE
LARGER, WITH A THICKER SHELL, AND THERE WILL BE MORE OF THEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-06-1972

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YOU CAN TELL HOW COLD THE WINTER IS GOING TO BE BY CHECKING
HOW THICK THE PUSSY-WILLOW BARK IS AFTER THE FIRST FROST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 08-05-1968

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IF THE CORN SILKS ARE THICK DURING THE YEAR, THEN A HEAVY
WINTER IS IN STORE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 06-26-1970

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WHEN LARGE DEAD LIMBS FALL OUT OF THE TREES WHEN THE WIND IS
NOT BLOWING, IT IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IF THE CORN EARS STAND UP, IT WILL BE A MILD WINTER; IF
THEY TURN DOWN, IT WILL BE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF YOU HAVE A BIG WALNUT CROP, THAT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO
HAVE A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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WHEN IT'S WINDY AND THE LEAVES ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, SHOWING
THEIR UNDERSIDE, THEN IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 06-26-1970

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IN THE WINTERTIME, IF THE BARE BRANCHES OF TREES LOOK GRAY, IT
MEANS COLD WEATHER, USUALLY SNOW.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GROUND HOG SEES HIS SHADOW, WE WILL HAVE SIX MORE WEEKS
OF COLD WEATHER.

Data entry tech comment: ON GROUNDHOG'S DAY, PRESUMABLY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE MOON INFLUENCES THE GROWTH OF CROPS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 07-29-1968

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WHEN YOU HEAR A BIG BRANCH OF A TREE FALL IN THE WOODS ON A
STILL DAY, (IT) IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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REDHEADED WOODPECKER DRUMMING ON A HARD LIMB IS A SIGN OF
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

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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IF THE UNDERSIDE OF THE LEAVES SHOW, IT IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-26-1968

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