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Groundhog Day – Cajun Style

 

Groundhog Day
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Tomorrow, Cajun Groundhog Pierre C. Shadeaux will let us know what kind of weather is in store. Shadeaux, a nutria delivered by the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, is preparing for his weather prediction at 7:30 Saturday morning at Bouligny Plaza in New Iberia. If he sees his shadow, you can expect a shorter spring and extended summer. If he doesn’t see his shadow, you can expect a longer spring and a slow return to summer heat. I’m voting for a longer spring – who’s with me?

UPDATE: Punxsutawney’s famous groundhog ,Punxsutawney Phil, predicts spring will come early this year.

With thousands watching on Gobbler’s Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday but didn’t see his shadow.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early.

The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

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