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Stormfax: Groundhog Day History

This site gives background of the tradition of forecasting the length of winter.
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Are we going to have another six weeks of winter as prognosticated by a little rodent living in a small town in Pennsylvania? This site gives background of the tradition of forecasting the length of winter. Perhaps it comes from a tradition called Candlemas Day. Sayings from England, Scotland, and Germany make references to what happens if the sun shines on Candlemas Day, which would result in an animal casting its shadow. You can find out about the real Punxsutawney Phil and his life on Gobbler’s Knob. A chart shows the incidence of shadow or no shadow back to 1887.

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