The groundhog usually sees his shadow.
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.
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.
And here's what happened when a Wisconsin town's groundhog decided that weather predicting wasn't the right career choice for him.
Last year, for Groundhog Day in the Binghamton, New York, area, what is our weather like?
|The lumps are flower planters|
But this year - what a difference a year made. In other parts of the United States, a blizzard is in progress. For us in upstate New York, it is different.
|Chenango River, downtown Binghamton, Feb 1 near sunset|
And, on Sunday, this was our five day forecast.
Will the groundhog be correct in 2016? We'll know later this morning.
Does the area where you live have any old weather customs?