Groundhog Day

Every February2nd, North Americans (particularly in the colder parts) hear news broadcasts about the local groundhog’s weather forecast for the spring. The groundhog supposedly emerges from his hole in the ground, looks around and if he sees his shadow, winter will persist for 6 more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow because it’s cloudy outside – spring will come early. It doesn’t really seem to work around here, but I am always hoping for spring.

My local groundhog hanging on to a “Shared Pathway” sign last spring

We think of Groundhog Day as North American, but we actually borrowed the tradition from Germany, where an animal predicts the weather/spring on Candlemas (February 2), and depending on the region, it may be a badger, a bear or even a fox.

My local groundhog crossing the pathway
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This year, as we enter our second year of social isolating, the groundhog’s silly news will give me even more distraction and hopefully he will predict spring.

4 thoughts on “Groundhog Day

  1. Well here in Eastern Canada it will definitely be an early Spring, no shadows today– between 5am-11am we are getting 20cm of snow which is currently happening. Then the temp starts going up from our current -1C to 8C and the heavy part of the system with 80km winds and 50+ mm of rain!

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