The Groundhog Dilemma

 © Bernd Meiseberg |

So if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, we’re doomed to have six more weeks of winter? No shadow means an early spring? But the first day of spring is seven weeks away anyway. So both scenarios lead to an early spring, either one week early or a bit earlier than that.

And if the groundhog predicts an early spring, how do we explain snowstorms in April, like the 30-inch storm we had in these parts in 2018? How do we explain overnight freezes in May? For that very reason they recommend holding off on planting your vegetable garden until Memorial Day weekend.

I don’t believe in groundhogs anymore, although I think I say that every year. It’s like all Groundhog Days are the same — except when I write a groundhog blog post for Feb. 4.

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