How well did the persimmon seeds do?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Perhaps the most talked-about weather folklore in the Tennessee Valley involves persimmon seeds and winter weather.

Last September, WHNT News 19 visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden to cut open some persimmon seeds and see what shape their roots were. The legend says it's the shape of the root that can say a lot about the winter to come.

If the root is in the shape of a spoon, the following winter months will be snowy. A knife-shaped root would signal an icy winter. A root shaped like a fork supposedly means a mild winter is on the way-- it may not surprise you we found no roots shaped like forks back in September.

Most of the ones we cut open were in the shape of spoons, and a few were shaped like knives. Many viewer pictures showed the same.

On average, Huntsville sees about 2.5 inches of snow each winter-- we're up to 8.8 inches so far. February was a record month for snowfall in the Tennessee Valley. February 2015 is now the snowiest February on record and the 5th snowiest month of all time. Parts of Morgan, Marion and Jackson Counties saw around a foot of snow during the February 25 winter storm.

Snow statistics for Huntsville show we see around 0.5 inches of snow during the month of March-- and the winter weather threat is not over just yet.

Another winter storm will bring potentially-hazardous conditions to the Valley Wednesday night and Thursday.

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