Friday, February 3

How many more weeks of winter?

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February 2 is the halfway mark of winter. And Groundhog Day, popularized by the movie, which was filmed in nearby Woodstock Illinois.

Copied from the Northwest Herald:
  • Events on 2-2-2006:
    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County, the groundhog hath spoken.
    Woodstock Willie, the
    county's official Groundhog Day marmot, groggily emerged from his stump shortly
    after 7 a.m. Thursday and delivered his prognostication. Traditionally if the
    groundhog sees a shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter, and if he does
    not, spring is soon to arrive.
    Mayor Brian Sager made the announcement that
    spring is just around the corner.
    "Ladies and gentlemen, this Feb. 2 at 7:17
    a.m., Woodstock Willie, the seer of seers, prognosticator of prognosticators
    emerged reluctantly but alertly in Woodstock, Ill., and stated in groundhog-ese,
    'I definitely do not see a shadow,' " Sager said to a roar of approval from the
    chilly crowd.

I guess that's good news. I don't think anyone ever keeps track of the accuracy.

In fact, the competing groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA., Phil, came up with the opposite choice. They have it covered one way or the other.

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