1. Ladybugs / Ladybird Beetles
Ladybugs are found all throughout the United States and are susceptible to seasonal weather. Because they are cold-blooded, they tend to swarm when the weather starts to get colder. You know winter is just around the corner when the ladybugs begin their search for hibernation. They prefer warmer places, typically your home, to spend their winter months.
2. Persimmon Seeds
This may be one of the more common ways of predicting the winter in Missouri. According to folklore, once you cut open a persimmon seed the shape of the kernel inside will reflect what the weather will be like this winter. If it is a spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.If it is fork-shaped, expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. If it is knife-shaped, expect icy, cutting winds.
Woolly bear caterpillars are the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger moth. These worms are found all over the state of Missouri and could possibly be able to predict how harsh the winter will be this year. According to folklore, the size of the band will indicate the harshness of the winter. A wide band suggests a mild, warm winter, while a woolly bear that is predominantly black suggests it will be a cold, harsh weather.
4. Furry AnimalsA squirrels activity may indicate the oncoming cold. According to the legend, if a squirrel is frantically storing food and moving at a fast pace early in the season, expect a harsh winter. However, if the squirrel is moving at a more leisurely pace, expect a mild winter. In addition, the size of the tail may also indicate how the cold the winter will be. If the tail is big and bushy, it will be cold and harsh. The fur on cows and dogs may also be an indication of the oncoming weather. If the hair on their nape (or back) is thick, you better bundle up!
If spiders are spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, expect a cold and harsh winter. Although we appreciate the spiders letting us know the weather will be bad, we don't want them in our homes.