Today is Groundhog Day #nlwx

Today is Groundhog Day.

We find out if we are in for an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter. Well so the tradition goes.

The celebration began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has its origins in ancient European weather lore, in which a badger or a sacred bear is the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Large groundhog celebrations take place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where crowds as large as 40,000 have gathered. In Wiarton, Ontario, also the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park in Nova Scotia, and the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

There is no scientific validity to the groundhogs predictions. In fact, Punxsutawney Phil's weather predictions have only been correct 39% of the time.



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