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Pat Shingleton: "Pig Spleens and Predictions..."

2 years 1 month 1 week ago March 19, 2014 Mar 19, 2014 Wednesday, March 19 2014 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:00:00 AM CDT in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton


St. Patrick and St. Joseph Day's normally identify the end of the "freeze" season. Isolated freeze episodes have been recorded in April. As noted in a previous column, Canadian pig farmer, Gus Wickstrom advanced a prediction-tradition that was handed down to him by his Swedish great-great-grandfather. His past predictions included examining pig spleens. Wickstrom believed that depressions and fatty deposits on a two-foot-long pig spleen is a weather indication. He boasted that 80% of the time, the forecast is accurate for a 200-mile radius from the point where the pig was slaughtered. Weathercasters embrace a 93% accuracy for about the same distance. Canadian Ken Porter also examines pig spleens as both have gone "hog wild" with weather.

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