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Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter.
The name Punxsutawney comes from the Indian name for the location
"ponksad-uteney" which means "the town of the sandflies."
When German settlers arrived in the 1700s, they brought a tradition known as Candlemas Day, which has an early origin in the pagan celebration of Imbolc. It came at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Superstition held that if the weather was fair, the second half of Winter would be stormy and cold. For the early Christians in Europe, it was the custom on Candlemas Day for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people in the dark of Winter. A lighted candle was placed in each window of the home. The day's weather continued to be important. If the sun came out February 2, halfway between Winter and Spring, it meant six more weeks of wintry weather.
According to the old English saying:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.
And from America:
If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.
If the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of Winter. Germans watched a badger for the shadow. In Pennsylvania, the groundhog, upon waking from mid-Winter hibernation, was selected as the replacement.
His accuracy? It depends on whom you ask. If you were to speak to anyone in the "Inner Circle" they say Phil has a 100% accuracy rate. The Weatherman? Well, let's just say they state that Phil is only accurate 39% of the time.
Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm what do you all think?
I think we will have an early spring.
We have not had a wet or snowy winter in many years. Some of our worse snow storms have come in early March but none in the last 15 years or so. I think we are overdue for a bad 2nd half of winter.
BTW, the Georgia groundhog did NOT see his shadow. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/22409762/detail.html
Well ours was wet, great that means a short winter.
Just heard weather forcast for next week:- SNOW yet again.Hmmmmmmmm.