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:
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?