[lit-ideas] Meteorological augury

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  • Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:33:46 +0100

According to HARPER’S weekly review, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his 
shadow on Feb. 2nd, leading the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's 
Inner Circle to predict another six weeks of winter.

Americans dismayed by that prediction can perhaps take some comfort that their 
fate is somewhat ‘milder’ than that of their Canadian neighbours. 

Phil’s oracular ’sibling’ in the country to the north, Winnipeg Willow, died 
just before Groundhog Day. 

The (Canadian) Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre cancelled its Groundhog 
Day event this year and made a prediction based on her behaviour over the past 
winter (leading, in my opinion, to a somewhat dubious prognostication and 
setting a dangerous precedent). 

Chris Bruce,
noting that phenological indicators currently observable
- blooming snowdrops, winter aconite and hazel bushes -
indicate we have entered the season of ‘early spring’, in
Kiel, Germany

P.S. The practices and lore of Punxsutawney Phil's predictions can be read at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil

The sad news about Winnipeg Willow can be found at

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-willow-dies-groundhog-day-1.3426922

‘Phenological indicators’? See

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenology

and

https://www.usanpn.org

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