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