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Daemon
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Groundhog Day

There was a medieval superstition that all hibernating animals came out on Candlemas to check the weather. If they could see their shadows, it meant that winter would go on for another six weeks. The most famous forecaster in the U.S. is Punxsutawney Phil, a legendary groundhog in Pennsylvania believed to be nearly a century old. Thousands of people trek up to Phil's burrow on February 2 and get the news directly from him. Numerous events take place in Punxsutawney surrounding February 2, including parties, live entertainment, and a winter carnival. More...
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 12:49:48 AM
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Groundhog Day
There was a medieval superstition that all hibernating animals came out on Candlemas to check the weather. If they could see their shadows, it meant that winter would go on for another six weeks. The most famous forecaster in the U.S. is Punxsutawney Phil, a legendary groundhog in Pennsylvania believed to be nearly a century old. Thousands of people trek up to Phil's burrow on February 2 and get the news directly from him. Numerous events take place in Punxsutawney surrounding February 2, including parties, live entertainment, and a winter carnival. More...

Happy Groundhog Day! a good celebration of life!... We should have each day of the year named after an animal...would we have enough days!!!
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 6:28:44 AM

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But this has been "Today's Holiday" for 200 days in a row now! Whistle
socratoad
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 8:03:24 AM

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If the groundhog observes his shadow there will be six weeks more winter. If he does not see his shadow winter will drag on for a month and a half.
d_marx
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 9:10:37 AM

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"Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."
striker
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 11:57:00 AM
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great tradition
monamagda
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 3:31:58 PM

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Since the groundhog’s first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 102 times (including this year) and not seen it on just 17 occasions. There are nine missing years in the record, but Phil has issued a forecast without exception. Phil’s official Web site says he has “of course” issued a correct forecast 100 percent of the time. But NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center says Phil’s forecasts have shown “no predictive skill” in recent years. AccuWeather finds the rodent has an 80 percent accuracy rate.

NOAA says Groundhog Day originated as an ancient celebration of the mid-point between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

“Superstition has it that fair weather [at this midpoint] was seen as forbearance of a stormy and cold second half to winter,” NOAA writes in its summary of Groundhog Day background and folklore.

This year, the forecast suggests this winter will be remembered for its duration more than its intensity. Temperatures, so far, have been running close to or slightly above average across the Lower 48. Does Phil sense a dramatic shift to come, favoring snow-lovers and ski bunnies? Only time will tell.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/02/02/groundhog-day-2015-punxsutawney-phil-sees-shadow-predicts-six-more-weeks-of-winter/
monamagda
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