happy Punxsutawney Phil day!

february 2nd every year, americans and canadians tune into the latest news blast to see whether or not the ground hog has seen his shadow… will there be six more weeks of winter? or is spring just around the corner?!

ever wonder why we all do this and how it got started?!

well – i did…

Since 1887, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in western Pennsylvania have tried to note the first appearance of the rodent they call Punxsutawney Phil. If Phil comes out of his burrow into sunlight on February 2nd and spies his own shadow, he’s said to jump back down underground — dooming us all to six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day forecasts an early spring.

The groundhog’s reputation as a weather prophet came to the U.S. in the mid-18th century with German immigrants. But this is really a very old holiday — one that has its roots in astronomy. February 2nd is one of four cross-quarter days. It lies about halfway between a solstice and an equinox. Today’s cross-quarter day was celebrated as Candlemas in England, where it marked the beginning of spring.

and, what did the ground hog forecast for us today?

SIX more weeks of winter!!
bundle up – i smell a blizzard a’comin :0)


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