Groundhog Day: the start of yearning for spring

 

February 7, 2024

Chinook Chuck (aka Steve Edwards) sees his photo on Groundhog Day last week. It is believed the groundhog is frightened if it sees its shadow, causing it to head back in to its burrow to ride out the coming six more weeks of winter. This is Chuck's first prediction. He's hoping to best the record of accurate forecasting for more winter by famed Punxsutawney Phil. Phil's current average is thirty-nine percent accuracy since records began in 1887.

I would guess if you are reading this story you, like me, are already thinking about and wishing for the coming of spring. While the last couple of weeks of acceptable winter temperatures have been a nice break from winter, February 2 and the spotlight on whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, is a time many of us start asking, "How much more winter weather will there be?" and "How soon can we expect spring?" I'm one of those folks who look at all sorts of predictors for the coming of spring.

I was up early on February 2 watching the activity out at Gobblers Knob where Punxsutawney...



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