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How Many Snows This Winter? Beans In The Jar Tally For August 2016

Last Updated on September 1, 2016 10:52 am

High Country residents can expect at least 19 snows this upcoming winter, according to a long standing Appalachian Mountain region tradition.

The tradition of placing a bean in a jar to predict the upcoming snowfall totals dates back to the Native Americans by some history accounts.  For every foggy morning in August either a big bean is used for a heavy fog, or small bean for a light fog. The total number at the end of the month is used to predict the total number of snows. As winter sets in then take a big bean out for a big snow, and a small bean for a light snow. Those that have participated in the tradition for many years advise that a “big snow” is four inches or more.

 The Facebook page Watauga County and Boone Online Bean Jar noted 19 total beans for August 2016. Of course results may vary just a little depending on different locations in the county. 

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