|How could he not see his shadow??|
The link between Candlemas and meteorological prognostication, though, is not as well-defined. Perhaps it was inspired by an old Scottish proverb:
If Candlemas Day is bright and clear
There'll be two winters in the year.
|Groundhog Day, 1961|
links to: AttunedtoAntiques.com
"The first written reference indicating the groundhog’s role in the day can be found in this diary entry dated February 4, 1841, by James Morris, a Pennsylvania storekeeper:
'Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.'"
|Yes, it is!|
And if you think the math in this post was geeky, wait until you read my piece on the death of the penny. You have been warned.