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Groundhogs, Christmas, and Easter have a lot in common

On Saturday, February 2, in a small town in Pennsylvania, a crowd gathered to learn the weather prognostication of a furry rodent. Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow sighting or non-sighting was to determine the onset of spring; no shadow - spring is on the way; shadow - six more weeks of winter.

Saturday in the Gregory area was sunny with a balmy high in the 50’s. Of course he saw his shadow; he was probably sunbathing on the beautiful summer-like day! And we immediately saw the effects on Sunday; freezing drizzle that night and a low of -3! Goodbye spring.

How did a rodent acquire all this power anyway? Actually, the legend begins with Christmas.


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