Friday, February 2, 2018

It's Woodchuck Weather Prediction Day!

Happy Marmota monax Day!

Or you might know it better as 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.

No matter what the groundhogs "predict", winter is scheduled to end approximately 6 1/2 weeks from now at 12:15PM EST on March 20th.

Given the lack of forecasting accuracy from groundhogs, perhaps we should give some other ground squirrel species auditions for the job?

I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille!

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