Monday, February 02, 2004

Groundhog Predicts more Winter Weather

Winter continues...

I think I posted some info on this last year, but what most people forget is that this whole groundhog thing is rooted in today's Christian feast of the Presentation--candlemas...Mass of the candles. Light shining in darkness...

From MSNBC - :

"Despite astounding leaps in meteorological technology -- geostationary satellites and Doppler radar -- all eyes this time of year are once again on a rodent in Pennsylvania. And this morning, Punxsutawney Phil offered little relief to Americans worn out by a harsh winter: the groundhog saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter weather, according to legend.

The tradition is rooted in a German superstition that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow Feb. 2 --the Christian holiday of Candlemas --winter will drag on. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early."