Groundhog Day: Do you believe in it?
- February 1, 2011 12:05 PM |
- By POV
With much of Central and Eastern Canada affected by plunging temperatures and heavy snowfall in recent weeks, it's safe to say that many people are already tired of the winter weather. For some, this is why they may be interested in what a particular furry animal does on Wednesday.
Yes, it's Groundhog Day, celebrated each year on February 2. It is said that if the furry animal surfaces from his burrow and is frightened back upon seeing his shadow, winter's chill will continue for six more weeks. If the groundhog doesn't see its shadow and remains above ground, it means that spring is on its way.
While some follow this furry weather forecaster closely, others see it as purely tradition, dating back to the 1800s in Pennsylvania.
Many legends and folktales observe animal behavior and nature for weather predictions, such as, "If it snows on Christmas Day, the grass will be green by Easter." The Old Famer's Almanac says that if a wooly bear caterpillar's hair has a narrow brown band, then the coming winter will be harsh.
Do you believe in the Groundhog Day 'forecast'? Are there any other weather myths that you follow? Take our survey and share your stories below.
(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)
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