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Black-eyed peas... you know you want them

With 2013 now upon us, the usual discussions about "New Year's resolutions" have commenced. Thousands of people will promise to exercise more, spend more time with family, or even save a little extra money for retirement this year. Speaking of money, did you know that legumes can make you rich? At least, that's what an old superstition says. Chance are, many of you consumed copious amounts of black-eyed peas on New Year's day in hopes of brightening your financial future.

Honestly, I don't know where the superstition about eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day began- but it was a firmly established tradition in the Jackson household. No one really believed that you could become rich by eating your peas, but every year I was coaxed into consuming a plateful. And I'm still waiting on my proverbial "pot of gold". Perhaps we didn't prepare the meal properly. According to a viewer in Alabama, you have to serve black-eyed peas with ham hocks and pepper sauce to get the full effect.

Likewise, the world of weather is filled with superstition and folklore. Just this past week, I was reminded by no less than three people that snowfall is imminent, simply because it "thundered" on December 26th. You have probably heard the old prediction of "red skies" in the morning as a sign of bad weather (sailors take "warning"). Hailing from a farming community, I was once told to expect rainfall simply because a cow decided to take a siesta. While the search for truth could go on and on, there is one thing that is certain- weather is not always predictable.

January is a month of extremes in southeastern NC. Many of our biggest snowfalls of the past 20 years occurred in January, yet highs of 80 degrees (F) have been recorded many times in Wilmington alone. We even had a sizable severe weather outbreak in January 1995, producing damaging tornadoes across Sampson, Bladen, and Duplin counties. The potential volatility of January weather makes us appreciate the "normal" days, when highs reach the mid 50's under sunny skies.

Here's hoping your family has many sunny days in 2013.

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By: Jerry Jackson