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PNSSEW

WASHINGTON PRECIPITATION SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
700 AM PST THU JAN 29 2015

...FEBRUARY 2ND IS GROUNDHOG DAY...

GROUNDHOG DAY IS EARLY NEXT WEEK ON FEBRUARY 2ND. THE FIRST
DOCUMENTED REFERENCE TO GROUNDHOG DAY WAS FOUND IN A DIARY BY
STOREKEEPER JAMES MORRIES OF MORGANTOWN PENNSYLVANIA DATED FEBRUARY
4 1841. HE STATES - LAST TUESDAY THE 2ND WAS CANDLEMAS DAY...THE DAY
ON WHICH ACCORDING TO THE GERMANS THE GROUNDHOG PEEPS OUT OF HIS
WINTER QUARTERS AND IF HE SEES HIS SHADOW...HE POPS BACK FOR ANOTHER
SIX WEEKS NAP...BUT IF THE DAY BE CLOUDY HE REMAINS OUT AS THE
WEATHER IS TO BE MODERATE.

THIS DIARY ENTRY OFFERS SOME METEOROLOGY. WINTER SURFACE HIGH
PRESSURE IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY OFTEN RESULTS IN SUNNY SKIES
AND COLD TEMPERATURES. SO IF THE GROUNDHOG FINDS SUNSHINE ON
FEBRUARY 2ND...WINTER IS STILL LIKELY IN PROGRESS. IF IT IS
CLOUDY...THEN A MORE MODERATE WEATHER PATTERN IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

SINCE 1887...GROUNDHOG DAY HAS BEEN CELEBRATED ON GOBBLERS KNOB IN
PUNXSUTAWNEY PENNSYLVANIA EACH YEAR ON FEBRUARY 2ND. SO THIS YEARS
VERSION WILL BE THE 129TH CELEBRATION THAT ATTRACTS THOUSANDS OF
VISITORS TO WITNESS PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL COME OUT OF HIS BURROW AND
MAKE HIS FOLKLORE WEATHER PREDICTION.

DOES PUNXSUTAWNEY PHILS WEATHER FORECAST APPLY TO THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST? IN REALITY NO...SINCE WEATHER IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF
THE COUNTRY IS SO MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE REGION. YET THE EVENT
OFFERS ANOTHER REASON TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER.

BUEHNER






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