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THE FIRST GROUNDHOG DAY WAS IN 1887

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On February 2, 1887,
Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist,
was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its
hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into
its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow
means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition called
Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed
for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter
would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–
the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to
America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition,
although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were
plentiful in the Keystone State.

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FROM THE PDX RETRO BLOG ~

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Winter solstice 2019 in the Northern Hemisphere will be today (Sat) 
at 8:19 P.M. (Pacific Time).

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, occurs when one of the Earth’s
poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once
in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of
the year, when the Sun is at its lowest
daily maximum elevation in the sky.

At the pole, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the winter
solstice. Its opposite is the
summer solstice.   

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Illumination of Earth by the Sun on the day of the December solstice.

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A LITTLE WINTER WEATHER HUMOR!

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