Shadow Spotted


by Rachel O'Connor, Staff Writer

Though the weather as of late has been blissfully balmy, don’t be fooled, we’re in for more cold weather. On Sunday, February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from hibernation only to turn and see his shadow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter. The burrow of this special groundhog is located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Every year on February 2, Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney comes out to look around and predict the arrival of spring. According to the folk tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its burrow when it is cloudy, it will be incapable of seeing its shadow and will therefore come out of hibernation, but if it is sunny, it will see its shadow, get scared, and run back into its burrow for another six weeks.

“Winter is for squares,” Margaret Rae, a senior, said on hearing the news that there will supposedly be six more weeks of coldness.

Though the weather has been almost bearable the past few days, more snow is expected, with a chance of snow for this upcoming weekend. While some may be done with the snow and cold weather (and ready for spring then summer to come), others are accepting of the prolonged winter.

Senior student Kate Harrison said, “Winter’s not all that bad…I like the snow. And the longer it is the more we appreciate spring once it’s here. Plus we can wear cute scarves and boots.”