Yesterday, I never did see the eclipsed supermoon/blue moon. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, many people are so sick of winter they would do almost anything to make it go away. Yesterday, when I left for work, it was 10 degrees F (-12.2 C). Later in the day, we had a little snow. The weather, however, will be nastier in a few days.
February 2 is Skywatch Friday, so let me talk about February 2 today.
Tomorrow will be Groundhog Day in the United States, where we pull a groundhog out of the ground to predict the weather. It's purely scientific, of course, and this is how it works:
If the groundhog sees its shadow, we have six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see its shadow, we get an early spring (ha).
The groundhog usually sees his shadow, but, according to our Weather Channel, the main groundhog (in Pennsylvania) has only been accurate about 39% of the time.
In 2015, one of our harshest Northeast winters in many years, the ground hog saw its shadow, despite the fact that it was overcast, and a rain/snow mix was moving in. Somehow, that ground hog almost always sees its shadow.
In 2013, it didn't see its shadow and we still got six more weeks of winter.
The groundhog almost got the death penalty for that one. Yes, that's how we roll here. Poor groundhog. (On the other hand, considering how many of my plants groundhogs have destroyed over the years, good thing I wasn't on that jury.)
In 2016, it was unseasonably warm for us. 2017? It got up to 42F (5.5 Celsius) at our house yesterday. This post from 2014 shows a more typical February day.
There are multiple predicting groundhogs in the United States, and they even compete with each other. Yes, we take our silly customs seriously here in the good ol' U S of A.
For those of my readers who don't live in the United States, here's a history of Groundhog Day, in case you are wondering why people in the United States still depend on a groundhog seeing his shadow (or not) to predict if winter will be over soon.
Then, here's what happened when a Wisconsin town's groundhog decided that weather predicting wasn't the right career choice for him.
Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Could any other country have produced this movie? Well, guess what? The movie turns 25 this year, and it is going to be re-released in the movie theatres on - February 2.
Do you celebrate Groundhog Day? Or do you have a different type of holiday that makes you shake your head where you live?