Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What Will The Groundhog Predict?

Tomorrow is the big day when groundshogs predict whether we have six more weeks of winter or if spring is on the way.  The tradition originated in the Old Word with an ancient celebration of the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

Punxsutawney Phil  may be the most well known but locally our groundhog predictor is "Sir Walter Wallie" (a take off on Sir Walter Raleigh) for whom Raleigh is named.  With overcast skies predicted for most of the day tomorrow, bets are he will not see his shadow.

So despite whatever the outcome, mother nature is already showing signs of spring.  The daffodils have begun opening in the yard, azaleas are starting to show tale-tale signs of future blooms  and trees in protected sunny locations are showing signs of coming to life.

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