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How accurate are old weather proverbs?

Today is Groundhog Day (or Candlemas Day, depending on which calendar you use).  News outlets across the US are reporting on whether we are going to have six more weeks of winter or if spring will come early based on the shadow of a marmot.  All while the flowering plum trees here in Athens in some locations are already blooming and most of the next two weeks’ forecast is for temperatures of ten degrees or more above average. Here is a recent article by Weather Underground discussing the accuracy of some old folk sayings about the weather.  You can read it at