Happy Groundhog Day!

What a gloriously silly event Groundhog Day is, when a nation turns its eye upon the predictive power of a large rodent seeing, or not seeing, his shadow.  It is completely ridiculous and long may we be a country that has time for the innocently ridiculous every now and then!

The earliest recorded reference to Groundhog Day was in the February 4, 1841 entry in his diary by James Morris of Morgantown, Philadelphia.

Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

Large scale celebrations of the day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania go back to 1886.  Long may they continue!

 

Update:  Six more weeks of winter for those who believe in the weather predictive power of the shadow of a rodent.

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Published in: on February 2, 2014 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. How does this interfere with ICCP and CO2?
    I am afraid those little anymals are covered with snow in US this year?
    I meant the groundhogs…

    • I will be pleasantly surprised Ulf if I do not receive a report that Punxsutawney Phil has been found frozen to death in his burrow!


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