Plains Indian resident predicts dry spring season

Freedom New Mexico

Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors.

Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation.

“That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.”

The tradition, Crim said, calls for the wind to be evaluated on the second day of spring. He has burned a campfire to judge the smoke in previous years, but skipped it this year due to a county burn ban.

Crim, 72, is a descendant of the tribe, but said his sons do not plan to carry on the tradition.