It’s Groundhog Day in the USA as I was reminded by this tweet from Stephen Fry:-
Oh no! Apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. A long winter ahead it seems… #GroundhogDay
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 2, 2014
I decided to find out if there was a similar tradition in the UK. I found a lovely web site about Traditions and Folklore here, published by a Primary School in Kent and there is indeed weather folklore that says:-
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.
If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
The half o the winter’s to come and mair;
If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
The half o the winter’s gane at Yule.
So, the day is named Candlemas in the christian folklore calender, groundhog day in the USA and the Germans have a weather proverb about a badger that could be compared with the Woodchuck or Groundhog!
This photo was taken from my living room window this morning….can you predict the weather for the next few weeks? What was it like where you lived?
I don’t believe any of it but if anyone can come up with a scientific explanation, then let’s look into it further. Any suggestions on how to deal with the Jet Stream or the Atlantic Lows will be very welcome!
For more information about February traditions and folklore in the UK look here.
Happy Groundhog Day/Candlemas to you all!!!!!!!