View Poll Results: If the groundhog sees his shadow, this means

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  • Winter is about over.

    0 0%
  • I sure loved that movie with Bill Murray.

    3 42.86%
  • There will be six more weeks of winter.

    2 28.57%
  • I should have bought Mobil stock.

    3 42.86%
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  1. #1
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    Default Attention All Road Warriors and Ships at Sea

    This February 2, we observe Imbolc, a pagan celebration, and Candlemas, a Christian one. Most of you just call it Groundhog Day.

    We had a discussion on winter solstice a while back. Now, we need to discuss the forthcoming day, February 2, better known as Groundhog Day. Will the groundhog see his shadow or not? That is the question on everybody's mind. If he sees it, does that mean there will be six more weeks of winter or, is it over?

    This past Sunday, Chicago's Daily Herald ran a very informative article by Diana Dretske. Here is a short synopsis of it.

    February 2nd is six weeks away from the spring equinox. Imbolc was the original name for it and it comes from a pagan ritual celebrating the forthcoming gestation of seeds. It became christianized in the 300s AD as Candlemas, the purification of Mary after Jesus' birth, set at 40 days afterwards.

    In Europe, badgers and bears were used to predict spring's arrival. This is about the time when hibernating animals start stirring. The earliest-known groundhog observance was in Pennsylvania in 1841.

    The most famous one, of course, is Punxsutawney Phil, in Pennsylvania. He is also the "official US groundhog". Here in Illinois, we have Woodstock Willie. Other prognosticating hogs are Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin, General Beauregard Lee (I like that name) in Georgia, and Balzac Billy in Alberta, Canada.

    I couldn't get a direct link, but you can go to

    http://www.dailyherald.com and go to the 7 day story search and type in groundhog day for the article. I don't know if the article will still be available on line after this week, so check it out.

    Perhaps, our road warriors who plan to be out there in the next six weeks might want to be apprised of the forecasts.

    Diana Dretske is coordinator of the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois. If any of you are into postcards, they have probably the biggest collection anywhere in the US with the Curt Teich Archives.

    Perhaps some of you can reply with whether or not your local groundhog saw his/her shadow. Please give names and where they're located.

    Also, check out the Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois thread. The celebration is this week and weekend.

    By the way, if you're wondering about what happens if the groundhog sees his shadow, the answer is, we have six more weeks of winter.

    Will the RoadDog see His Shadow? Only the Two Lane Highway Knows.

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    Default Conflicted

    The scientist in me wants to know what happens if they all disagree, or if anyone has kept records on their prognostication ability. The traveler and historian in me just thinks the whole thing's a hoot, and one (several?) of those local traditions that makes seeing different people, places and things so rewarding.

    AZBuck
    Last edited by AZBuck; 01-31-2006 at 09:38 AM.

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    Default we'll find out tomorrow...

    We have Wiarton Willy up here in Ontario Canada....

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    Default Wiarton Willy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Syv
    We have Wiarton Willy up here in Ontario Canada....
    That sounds like breaking news to me! We await the word breathlessly.

    Mark

  5. #5
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    Default Punxsutawney Phil

    He saw his shadow. Six more weeks. It was cloudy here so I'm sure Woodstock Willie didn't see his shadow. That would be Woodstock, Illinois. I read also that Greensboro, NC had a guy dressed up as a groundhog pushing people to change their wiper blades.

    If the change of daylight savings time is the time to change your smoke alarm batteries, then Groundhog Day might have a new meaning.

    Any other groundhog sightings out there?

    Are groundhogs and roaddogs related?

    We'll add Wiarton Willy to the list. Thanks.

    All this groundhog stuff is just one more reason to love small town America. I agree with AZBuck.

    RoadDog

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    Default Jimmy IX from the Groundhog Capital of the World

    Jimmy the 9th of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin did not see his shadow this morning, predicting an early spring.

    Of course, the human weather forecasters say we'll likely break our record 45 day long streak of consecutive days above 30 degrees tomorrow.

    BTW, Sun Prairie declared itself the Groundhog Capital of the World in 1952 after a congressional spat with the folks in Pennsylvania. www.groundhogcentral.com

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