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Might February be winter's swan song?


February 7, 2020

Another Groundhog Day has come and gone, and this year Punxsutawney Phil predicted a short winter and a rapidly approaching spring. Of course, Phil’s accuracy rate is 39 percent. Coin flips are theoretically 50/50, and one of the famous almanacs has a 52-percent rating, so take all predictions with a grain of salt.

Feb. 2 has long been an important day to many cultures because it falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Over time, the day became Candlemas, which marks the presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem. Early Christians believed that a sunny Candl...

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