February 2 is Ground-hog Day in the US, or Candlemas if you prefer. It is traditionally the point that indicates an early or late spring. Supposedly this is the day when the ground hog emerges from hibernation, and hurries back to his burrow if it is sunny and he sees his shadow, presaging prolonged winter weather. The "official" ground hog is named Punxsutawney Phil.

February Second

Higgledy-Piggledy
Ground hog named Punx'y Phil
Might see his shadow on
Candlemas Day;
If so, tradition makes
Climatological
Forecast that winter is
Likely to stay.


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