Ground Hog Forecasting

Today is Groundhog’s day, the day when meteorologists are pushed aside and a rodent will get all the publicity of being the forecaster of choice.  But February 2 also has a meaning for being a cross-quarter day, the approximate middle date between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.  It is this middle point between celestial events that this date has for more than 2 thousand years been celebrated in one way or another.  Some of you may be celebrating Candlemas at your local church today whose roots go back to the early Christian Church.  Other cross-quarter days that have and still do have some celebration associated with the date are May Day and Halloween.

Daryl Ritchison