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!|