Did your grandparents or parent ever talk about predicting the winter weather by looking at the breastbone of a Christmas Goose? Have you shared any weather lore such as this with your kids or grandkids? Here's how to predict the weather!
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Remove the breastbone from a fall or Christmas Goose and clean it off. Put it away to dry. Watch it as winter progresses.
If the bone turns dark, a cold winter is just ahead.
A white bone indicates a mild winter.
A thin and rather transparent breastbone predicts a mild winter.
If it is thick and opaque, you can expect a hard winter.
Some believe that when the bone is very white, much snow will fall. Reddish or red-spotted breastbones fortell cold but little snow.
The scientific explanation for these predictions is quite simple. In preparing for a severe winter, geese instinctiely absorb more natural oils to protect themselves against the cold. When dried, the oil-rich breastbone either turns dark or retains its original light color in proportion to its oil content.
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by Sheri Goeser Stritof