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

1 year ago Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:47:47 PM CDT March 18, 2014 Tuesday, March 18 2014 Mar 18, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column


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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