Anyone who is as devoted as I am to the brilliant film Groundhog Day will know that February 2nd is the day in the USA when people look to a furry animal to predict what the weather will be like for the next six weeks.  It is apparently popular in Canada too.

Click here for some Groundhog Day fun facts!

And here’s a link to USA Today’s assessment of the performance of perhaps the most famous groundhog – Punxsutawney Phil.  It is very interesting to read in this article the old English saying about the weather forecast at the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox:

“If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.”

But the main point of the article is to highlight that “there is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis”.  Now, in the film, Bill Muarry’s character Phil is highly sceptical about the groundhog tradition, and a serious fate befalls him.  So just be a bit cautious about what you say and do today. After all, look what happened to James Cordon on The Late Late Show……. 🙂