The Groundhog Dilemma

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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.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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