Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2nd: Groundhog Day

It's Groundhog Day. Or the day before my husband's birthday, as it's known in our house. I can never remember which way it goes. But after extensive research I've determined if the groundhog sees their shadow on February 2nd it means a late spring. No shadow, early spring.

I know which scenario I'm wishing for since it was -26 C with the wind chill here yesterday.

February 2nd can also be known as Candlemas - a Christian tradition. How about this Scottish poem:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight. 
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
Apparently other animals have weather predicting skills. If a cat sneezes? Find your umbrella. If it's going to be a mild winter, black bears will sleep close to their den opening. If it's going to be a long, cold winter they will sleep far away from the opening. Although, I'm not sure who it is that goes out and checks these things. I just know it's not going to be me.

Then there's the traditional art of pig spleen prognostication and determining if the weather will be hot or cold, wet or dry. I'm not sure what this fellow does with the spleen and I don't think I want to know.

If I want to know weather conditions I check the app on my phone. So, what's the weather like in your neck of the woods? Do you predict an early spring or a late spring?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Ugh, -26C? For your sake, I hope it'll be an early spring. :shiver:

Never heard the cat sneezing thing. With as often as my cats sneeze, it'd be raining all the time. I hadn't heard the bear thing either - and yeah, who would be crazy enough to verify that?

I heard once that lots of cicadas buzzing means a hard winter ahead. That certainly held true here last year and the lack of cicadas in 2014 certainly has played out with an easy winter so far this year. :knock on wood:

jblynn said...

In Florida it's always Spring or Summer. Mostly summer. Not a fan of summer.

Karyn Good said...

Fingers crossed you keep enjoying your easy winter, B.E. Nature has a way of giving us clues. I grew up on a farm and the only time our dog would beg to come into the house was before a thunderstorm.

Karyn Good said...

JB, if only it could be spring or fall most of the time. Those are my favourites. I should be thankful for winter, that's when I get the most writing done!

Aldea Aundy said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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