Yes, it is Groundhog Day again, which means that across the country, many small rodents are delivering their verdicts on whether we will have six more weeks of “winter.”
The most famous groundhog authority, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow and is reporting that we will indeed have six more weeks of winter, while here in New York, the local groundhog Staten Island Chuck is predicting an early spring.
It seems like no one can really come to a consensus on the issue, least of all the weather itself, which has been uncharacteristically warm for February and is expected to stay that way for the rest of the week. It certainly does feel odd for good old Phil to predict six more weeks of winter when we’ve barely had three in the city so far.
Groundhog Day originated from European folklore, which said that if a groundhog came out of hibernation on a sunny day and saw its shadow, it would return to the nest to sleep some more. But, if the groundhog wakes up on a cloudy day, it will stay awake, because clouds mean rain, which means spring, which also means no shadow. Look, it’s not a perfect system, OK?
Should you not be the kind of person to bask in superstition (and we don’t blame you — Phil’s “predictions” are determined ahead of time anyway, by the committee in charge of the celebrations), may we humbly suggest instead that you use Groundhog Day to watch the classic Bill Murray movie of the same name? Here are some photos of Bill golfing to put you in the proper mood.