SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER! Punxsutawney Phil allegedly saw his shadow today. This weather harbinger predicts spring will not arrive until May. Not to be a Negative Nelly, but does this surprise anyone in the midst of a global pandemic?
By the way, how did a Groundhog become a weatherman?
It started with a hedgehog. According to Bellaonline.com, “The celebration is rooted in a Germanic tradition that says that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, the pagan holiday of Imbolc (known among Christians as Candlemas), winter and cold weather will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early. The tradition evolved into a myth that if the sun came out on Candlemas, a hedgehog would cast its shadow, predicting snow all the way into May.”
This weird tradition in a small borough in PA dates back to 1887 was popularized by Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” in 1993. Last year, Murray teamed up with Jeep to reprise his role in a minute-long Super Bowl ad.
There is good news.
The inner-circle, donned in tuxedos and top hats, who communicate with Phil may have some issues. NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration reports they’ve gotten it right 50% of the time over the past 10 years.
I’m betting on an early spring.
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