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February 2, 2011

Of groundhogs and pregnant ewes

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

GroundhogPunxsutawney Phil will be all over the TV this morning. But how many viewers know Groundhog Day’s origins as one of the year’s four “cross-quarter” days? This one falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The Celts called it Imbolc, for “in the belly,” a reference to pregnant ewes. Christians morphed it into a feast day called Candlemas. They said that “if Candlemas be fair and bright, come winter, have another flight. If Candlemas bring clouds and rain, go winter, and come not again.”

(SUN PHOTO: Kim Hairston, 2008)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:01 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: From the Sun's print edition, Sky Notes
        

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its killing

Its accuracy is only 39%. Which is not bad, since he doesn't have the computer models to help his predictions!!!!

That's got to be one of the only action shots of a groundhog running in the history of...groundhogs. Yes, I did a Google image search and I still think I'm right.

FR: He's learned it's all about diet AND exercise.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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