Feb. 2nd, 2011

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Okay, so, I've never fully understood the whole Groundhogs Day thing. I mean, I get that the tradition is - see shadow, 6 more weeks of winter; don't see shadow, early spring! What I don't get is... on February 2, it will *always* be six more weeks of winter because spring doesn't start until March 20. That's just how it works, people - it's written in the stars! Or, well, the star? The solar system?

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and after that point the amount of sunlight the northern hemisphere receives slowly starts creeping up. Around March 20, the amount of day and night hit equilibrium, and after that the longer days allow for all that lovely solar radiation to seriously get the upper hand, and temperatures that had been slowly creeping up as February progressed start to increase in leaps and bounds (well, comparatively at least), depending on what the ocean-atmospheric interaction has up it's sleeves. And I am sorry to say, giant rodent yanked out of his den half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox just does not have the gravitational pull to make a difference in that cosmic event.

Or perhaps I’m just to climatarily (because making up words is fun) minded to enjoy the tradition for what it is - a novelty cabin-fever crazed northerners religiously maintain to keep themselves from going crazy in the midst of a very long winter.

Happy Groundhogs Day!

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