Adapted from the 1886 legend, Groundhog Day is a popular tradition that traverses centuries, tying into our past, present, and future. The folklore suggests that, on February 2nd, a groundhog supposedly awakens from a long winter slumber to look for its shadow. If its shadow is non-existent, the creature leaves his burrow, suggesting winter-like weather will soon subside. However, if he sees his shadow, he’ll retreat to his burrow in preparation for winter to continue for six more weeks.
Despite its mythical nature, our culture continues the tradition each and every year. Can Groundhogs really forecast the weather for the subsequent season?
Well, according to statistics compiled since 1886, Phil’s Winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time. So why do we still grant that little creature the power to determine the length of winter? Because it’s what we’ve always done. Why change, right?
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