Off to see the groundhog?

Yay for Groundhog Day!

I didn’t know I was particularly bothered about Groundhog Day before, but apparently it is something that makes me keep an eye on a Twitter search to see what Phil decides.

I am ascribing this to the fact that over the past year or so, I discovered marmots were ridiculously cute, and of course, Groundhog Day was the first Film Watch movie I covered. So, now I want to go to Punxsutawney and see what it’s all about.

I mentioned the celebration to someone at work and they didn’t know what I was talking about. I looked at them incredulously, as I couldn’t believe it was possible not to know about it. They looked at me incredulously, as I tried to explain forecasting the weather based on a groundhog’s shadow. It’s actually hard to do without sounding like a crazy person.

Still, Phil has done his stuff, and we’re going to get six more weeks of winter. I just hope the snow stays away.

3 thoughts on “Off to see the groundhog?

  1. I am hoping the snow stays here – it’s just lovely and this winter has been awesome!

    (Currently snowing outside…)

  2. I forgot it was Groundhog Day until I saw the following headline in my local paper:

    “Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter; Buckeye Chuck disagrees”

    I had never heard of Buckeye Chuck before (“Buckeye” is a term for someone from the state of Ohio), but this headline will make me smile for the rest of the day I think.

    Also, amazingly, I had never thought to question where the groundhog tradition comes from, but the story included this blurb which might be useful the next time you try to explain it to someone:

    “German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.”

  3. Up here in the “Land of Snow Covered Tundra” I suspect that the local Groundhog, Wiarton Willie has seen his shadow. Does any of my Canuck friends on Sidepodcast confirm as I was busy outside.

    No idea where Punxsutawney is, but Wiarton is just 3 hours away from Toronto International Airport….

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