Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Marmota monax predicts...

You want me to do what?  In FEBRUARY?  You do realize that I hibernate in February...

Monday (02 February) was Groundhog Day.  On Groundhog Day, communities across North America drag a sleepy Groundhog (Marmota monax) out of hibernation to see if it casts a shadow.  If the groundhog sees its shadow, this means that six more weeks of winter will follow; if it does not see its shadow, spring will supposedly come early.

So what did our local groundhogs predict?

Nothing.  They were busy hibernating in burrows deep below ground, as groundhogs should be.

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