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A handwritten letter from Mrs. Frayne Stohler of Andreas, Pennsylvania addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated December 11, 1956. Within, Stohler writes to provide Shoemaker with some of her old Pennsylvania Dutch weather predictions after listening to Shoemaker's radio program.
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Dec 11th 1956
We enjoy your radio program every Sunday immensely. And we have a few old Pa. Dutch weather predictions we think you might be interested in.
The first one: If the ground thaws in the “Christ month” (Dec.) it will thaw every month of the winter and that forecasts a mild winter. Incidentally, the ground has already thawed in Dec. this season.
Second: If the acorn trees hang onto their leaves long after the other trees have shed theirs, we’ll have a “hard” winter.
Third: If the ragweed grows very tall in summer so deep the snow will be in winter.
I suppose everyone knows that when the sky turns red in the morning we’ll have bad weather that day. And if the sky is red when the sun sinks in the evening the next day will be “nice”.
Hope these predictions will be of value in your work.
Mrs. Frayne Stohler
R.D. 1, Andreas, Pa
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Stohler, Frayne, "Letter From Mrs. Frayne Stohler to Alfred L. Shoemaker, December 11, 1956" (1956). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 10.
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