February 2: The Groundhog Says More Winter. What Does Science Say?

WEATHER Happy Groundhog Day! It’s the day we pretend that large marmots are actually fifth-dimensional beings who have specific knowledge of the future. And we make them wear hats. Punxatawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s “official” rodent of unusual size, saw his shadow (despite the fact that it’s CLOUDY there) — which theoretically means six more weeks of winter. The local squirrels, Sir Walter Wally and Garner’s Snerd, will offer their prognostications a bit later today. Woodchuck-based forecasting efforts have been historically…well, not great. Regardless of what the critters say, it will certainly feel like winter today and tomorrow. This morning’s rain ushered…