Groundhog Day is today and people around the nation are asking the same question: Will we have six more weeks of winter?
Whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not, (check the link to the left to find out if he did), the answer for those residing in the Northeast and Midwest is unequivocally, 'Yes.'
Here in Columbus, however, the harsh and frosty edge of winter has already begun to dull. Today's forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid-50s. The rest of the week will bring some rain, sure, but with it will come temperatures in the upper-50s to low 60s.
A couple of colorful crepe myrtle trees downtown are already blooming and months-dormant grass is beginning to wake up and stretch toward the strengthening sun.
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So, despite what Philadelphia's famous furry varmint did this morning, there's a good chance winter will soon be just a cold and distant memory to us in the South.
Today, Feb. 2, is the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which means that regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil or Shubenacadie Sam or Wiarton Willie or Balzac Billy say, spring is on the way, arriving March 20.
To read more about Groundhog Day and see what PETA has to say about Punxsutawney Phil, click the links to the left.
Also, check out the significance of this holiday derived from Candlemas in Tim Chitwood's Monday Mail column.