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5 February 1999

Groundhog Day

Tuesday was Groundhog Day. Traditions don't have to make good sense, but they often do. What's so special about February 2? We don't have groundhogs in California, but if any gopher stuck his head out of the ground this week, I'm sure he saw his shadow because it's been sunny and clear. By tradition, this means we'll have six more weeks of winter. But isn't this backwards? Is there any reasonable way to explain why sunshine means more winter, while clouds mean that spring is here? Shouldn't it be just the opposite?

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