ABC Wednesday ~ G

G is for GROUNDHOG ~
Specifically ... Groundhog Day

NO ... Not the movie Groundhog Day featuring  Bill Murry and Andie MacDowell

GROUNDHOG DAY is a  holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada . According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for 6 more weeks.

The Groundhog living in our area, JIMMY, supposedly saw no shadow and came out of his burrow.
Here is it 30 days later and we still have a good amount of snow on the ground. 
We have had snow for 2 months!Am I complaining? YES!! I am ready for SPRING! While in the doldrums of winter, Groundhog Day gives us hope, gives us something to look forward to ... Spring! Would it come without Groundhog Day?? Of course! There are many places in the world that have not heard of this day ... let alone celebrate it. 

Here are some of the places that celebrate GROUNDHOG DAY and their predictions~
2011Early spring        Sutton SammySutton, Ontario
2011Early spring      French Creek FreddieFrench Creek, West Virginia
2011Early spring    TumbleweedBrookfield, Illinois
2011Canceled due to snowstorm Woodstock WillieWoodstock, Illinois
2011Early spring   GusAthens, Georgia
20116 more weeks of winter   Octoraro OrphieQuarryville, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winter   Balzac BillyBalzac, Alberta
20116 more weeks of winter Woody the WoodchuckHowell, Michigan
20116 more weeks of winter  Sir Walter WallyRaleigh, North Carolina
2011Early spring    Grady the GroundhogChimney Rock, North Carolina
2011Early spring   ChucklesManchester, Connecticut
2011Early spring  Susquehanna ShermanMount Wolf, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winter     Poor RichardYork, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winterDover DougDover, Pennsylvania
2011Early springMalverne MelMalverne, New York
20116 more weeks of winterHoltsville HalHoltsville, New York
20116 more weeks of winterUniMyerstown, Pennsylvania
2011Early springWiarton WillieWiarton, Ontario
2011Early springShubenacadie SamShubenacadie, Nova Scotia
2011Early springJimmy the GroundhogSun Prairie, Wisconsin
20116 more weeks of winterStormy MarmotAurora, Colorado
20116 more weeks of winterMountain Maryland MurrayCumberland, Maryland
2011Early springStaten Island ChuckStaten Island (New York City)
2011Early springBuckeye ChuckMarion, Ohio
2011Early springDunkirk DaveDunkirk, New York
2011Early SpringGeneral Beauregard LeeLilburn, Georgia
2011Early SpringPunxsutawney PhilPunxsutawney, Pennsylvania

On a brighter note. While driving home from work yesterday  I saw more accurate signs of Spring.
Hundreds of geese flying North ~

and a Robin~
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Thanks to Gattina for hosting today's letter.


mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! Great to see different approaches to weather predictions don't you think?

Thanks so much for contributing
ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm ready for spring, too. Stiff winds in Albany, NY.

BTW, LOVE the movie.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Donnie said...

Who knew we employed so many groundhogs to predict this. Even they can't all agree...lol...Really cute post.

Gattina said...

That's the positive side of blogging you learn really a lot. I had never heard about this groundhogs and even less about a Groundhog Day !!
ABC team

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srp said...

It seems to be equally split between the forecasts and by the official groundhog.. well, he seems to have been wrong for most of the country. I think we have seen the last snow... over 16 inches total for the winter season and that is about 12 inches more than normal for coastal Virginia. Now, we have the yo-yo... 80 one day and 40 the next then 65 and 42 and 70 and 38... no clue as to tomorrow... it should be a cold day.

Mona said...

Interesting post not so familiar thanks for sharing .. have time to visit my G entry :)

Jingle said...

love the geese image ..
well done.