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Six-week weather forecast made official Sunday

After many frigid, dark and snowy days, February second dawned sunny and mild allowing this weather forecaster to see his shadow . . .
The groundhog had no trouble seeing a full shadow when he stepped up to make his annual weather forecast this morning.

I think he chuckled, too, as he crawled back into his warm hole, knowing that humans have to keep getting out to chop wood, scrape the ice and travel to work in six more weeks of winter.

For young readers, this tradition comes from our grandparents who lived by the belief that if the groundhog could see his shadow on February second, you could count on having six more weeks of winter. If he couldn't see his shadow, spring would come early.

This story was posted on 2003-02-02 08:04:07
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