Today is 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:
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.
The groundhog usually sees his shadow. As I write this, it is still too soon to tell, but people seem to be having a good 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.
In 2016, it was unseasonably warm for us. This year? It got up to 42F (5.5 Celsius) at our house yesterday. This post from 2014 shows a more typical February day.
This morning, I woke up to snow. There's a 90% chance of more snow today.Perhaps February is here, after all.
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
And 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?
Do you celebrate Groundhog Day? Or do you have another equally silly holiday where you live?