Onion As Weather Forecaster

No, we are not talking about the brilliant humor publication, The Onion. Rather, we are interested in this bizarre bit of folk wisdom:


Here's another account, whose hero is depicted below, with greater details as to the proper procedure.


How long has this been going on? At least seventy years, as we can see from this account.


Has anyone ever heard of this before, or know of the origin of the practice?
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 25, 2012
     Category: Agriculture | Regionalism | Superstition | Vegetables

"... bizarre bit of folk wisdom."

I think that about covers it, Paul. My grandmother was from Nebraska and she swore she could predict rain by the use of her bunions, but no one wanted to look at them.
Posted by KDP on 09/25/12 at 11:00 AM
This is a new one on me.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/25/12 at 11:33 AM
I aint never heard tell of this neither! :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 09/25/12 at 12:27 PM
Hmmm...."only" 70-80% accurate??
Pretty impressive, I'd say!
Posted by girlgeniusNYC on 09/25/12 at 01:20 PM
That guy holding the onion tray looks like he has a weird hair-do. People should always be aware of what is behind them when they are having their picture taken.
Posted by Parker Sheaffer on 09/25/12 at 03:02 PM
70-80% I agree GG. Most meteorologists can't claim that high of a percentage of accuracy I bet.

(btw, thanks for the tea GG)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/25/12 at 07:55 PM
It has been many years since I saw this. George Carlin as the Hippy Dippy Weatherman was 100% right when he predicted it will get dark tonight and get lighter tomorrow.
Posted by BMN on 09/25/12 at 09:08 PM
Click here for Hippy, Dippy Weatherman
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/25/12 at 11:52 PM
I love Carlin! May he RIP.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/26/12 at 04:09 AM
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