Sunday, 02 February 2020 09:54

No Shadow! Early spring!

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No Shadow! Early spring! Sean Heisey York Daily Record
We all know that the weather can change in a matter of minutes here in Northeast Ohio.  It’s not unusual to get six inches of lake effect snow after a “partly cloudy” forecast. January can seem like its 200 days long instead of the normal 31. So any hope of an early spring is very welcome!
At Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania a tradition lives on.  As legend has it, a groundhog named Phil will wake from hibernation on February 2 and if he sees his shadow as he emerges from his burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter.  If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will arrive soon.
This tradition started in Europe as Candlemas Day. Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the custom to America.
Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil is the most well-known, but more than a dozen states celebrate with their own groundhogs, such as Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee and Buckeye Chuck here in Ohio.
The official results are in: On Groundhog Day 2020, Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we're in for an early spring. 
We’ll take it!!  
This is only the 20th time out of 124 in his recorded history that Phil hasn't been able to find his shadow. How accurate is the groundhog?  Let’s not go there…but the tradition does give everyone a chance to attend the event and party.  What else are you going to do in this part of the country on a February 2nd?  
 
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